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.
<> at Alexandra Palace on September 8, 2014 in London, England.
2018 marks the 11th year we’ve received the accolade. The Park also received the much coveted additional Green Heritage Site Accreditation 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. You can find out more about the Park and Palace’s origin’s here.
Over 150 years later we continue to attract millions of visitors, from across the world, with our unbeatable panoramic views of the London skyline and activities across the parkland.
Today, green spaces and recreation are more valued than ever and the Park now receives more than 3.5 million visits a year. Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust is responsible for the conservation, maintenance and restoration of the Park and also provides a year-round programme of educational and leisure activities. The Park is also home to a diverse range of events including Kaleidoscope which takes place next weekend.
There are numerous studies into the value of parkland, demonstrating their importance. According to a CABE report, almost 9 out of 10 of us use parks and green space on a regular basis while a Land Trust report found that a green view can reduce stress in 3 to 5 minutes.
Louise Stewart, Chief Executive of Alexandra Park and Palace, said: “People love and value this park. It provides an important breathing space from the urban environment and provides immeasurable benefits for health and well-being 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.”
The Park costs over £500,000 a year to maintain – paid for by the revenue generated by our trading subsidiary through events, ticket sales and donations.
You can support the ongoing restoration of the Palace here.
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.