150 years of Alexandra Park marked by tree planting ceremony

Duncan Wilson (centre left) and Mike Fitt (centre right) with Friends, staff and apprentices: Image HW
Duncan Wilson (centre left) and Mike Fitt (centre right) with Friends, staff and apprentices: Image HW

Royal Parks Guild and Friends of Alexandra Park, apprentices and staff planted a circle of trees to celebrate the park's 150th anniversary earlier this month.

The planting was led by chair of the Royal Parks Guild Mike Fitt and Alexandra Park chief executive Duncan Wilson.

It is intended that when grown the six birch trees will create a child-friendly copse.

The guild held their annual general meeting in Alexandra Palace before being given a guided tour which included the old theatre and BBC studios.

Wilson said: "Alexandra Park is such an important green space for Haringey and London and we face many of the same challenges as The Royal Parks. It is really helpful to have this opportunity to share experiences."

Alexandra Park was opened in 1863 as a pioneering Victorian leisure Park. Originally 89ha, it was created from parkland purchased from the Tottenham Wood Farm and was designed by Alexander McKenzie to provide botanical and wildlife lovers with beautiful and interesting green spaces for outdoor exploration.

Fitt said that the park had "unique heritage and cultural value" and had been linked to the Royal Parks in the past.

"The park’s 79ha of Grade II listed parkland not only is the habitat for a variety of rare species but it has a past that is rich with history which is important to remember."

He added: "The visit was a great success and what was nice was to see how the apprentices from the Royal Parks and Alexandra Palace got on together."

Today, the 79ha park is Grade II listed by English Heritage and has held a Green Flag since 2008. It was recently restored as part of a multimillion pound redevelopment of the palace and park.


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