What is this award about?
The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including, horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement. The grounds of our own People’s Palace, Alexandra Park has been awarded this endorsement of quality for the past seven years.
But that’s not the end of the story. Every September there is a public vote to choose the best loved parks and green spaces. Go to the link below and a simple click registers your vote for Alexandra Park.
Here’s a summary of some of the things our green space has to offer:
About this park/green space
Alexandra Park’s 196 acres of Grade II listed parkland surrounds one of London’s most iconic destinations – Alexandra Palace. The Park is a much loved green space and its beautifully maintained grounds and stunning views over London are enjoyed by local community members, Londoners and Palace visitors all year round.
The Park recently celebrated its 150th anniversary and continues to showcase a diverse range of outdoor events throughout the year. Events included a Park-wide summer festival, the popular Red Bull Soapbox race and the huge annual fireworks festival.
While more modern attractions have been developed across the Park, a number of historic features are still in existence including the old racecourse, boating lake and rose garden. A £3.6m Heritage Lottery Fund grant in 2002 saw major improvements made across the Park, including the play area, skate park, pitch & putt course and cafes. It also improved areas of green space for picnics, informal games and dog walking.
Alexandra Park has recently been declared a Local Nature Reserve recognising the site’s importance for wildlife as well as people. It is home to a wide range of flora and fauna and is a haven for bird watching with more than 100 species recorded including regular visits from a Peregrine Falcon. Visitors can visit the Park information centre which is staffed by volunteers, to pick up leaflets and information about this historic destination. They can also take advantage of the Park’s various attractions including a weekly farmers’ market.