Alexandra Park recognised as one of the UK’s best green spaces for the 12th consecutive year
Alexandra Park has been named by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world – recognition that the 196 acres of parkland boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Our Park is among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces, and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world, receiving the prestigious award, which celebrates the importance of green spaces and the hard work that goes into maintaining them to the highest of standards.
2019 marks the 12th year we’ve received the accolade. Additionally, Alexandra Park was also awarded the much coveted additional Green Heritage Site Accreditation for the 10th year in a row, for the management of the historic features.
Alexandra Park was established in 1863 and reflected the Victorian belief in the importance of leisure and recreation. Over 150 years later we continue to attract millions of visitors, from local residents to international tourists.
Public parks strengthen and enhance communities, providing much-needed physical and mental health benefits, such as space to exercise and better air quality. Studies have shown that a green view can reduce stress in just three minutes and few places offer a better view than Alexandra Palace.
Mark Evison, Park Manager at Alexandra Park and Palace, said: “We’re proud to retain this award, it recognises the dedication and hard work of the team, especially as visitor numbers and pressures on the park increase. We’re launching a new campaign this summer, encouraging visitors to responsibly dispose of their litter and rubbish – please give us a helping hand so we can concentrate on other work around the park.”
Events, such as the annual Fireworks Festival, are enjoyed by thousands of people, and the income – as well as support from Haringey Council – helps us to pay for looking after the park. But it is not without its challenges.
Louise Stewart, Chief Executive of Alexandra Park and Palace, adds: “People love and value this park. It provides an important breathing space from the urban environment and provides immeasurable benefits for health and wellbeing but it takes an immense amount of hard work to maintain – including the removal of more than 300 tonnes of litter a year.
“This award is a testament to the round-the-clock efforts of our Park Manager, our maintenance contractor John O’Conner and the dedication of our volunteers, including the Friends of Alexandra Park. We all work together to conserve this special space for the public to enjoy.”
Alexandra Palace is a charity, run for the benefit of everyone. Our Park, Palace and spectacular events have been enriching lives since 1863, but the coronavirus pandemic has hit us hard. To be blunt, we are looking at a £1m shortfall this year and the same again next year. We know this time has been hard on many people but, if you can afford it, your support will help us get through this crisis.