The Junk Orchestra perform in the Park, Sunday 21st August

You are all very warmly invited to come along and enjoy THE JUNK ORCHESTRA who will be performing on instruments made from recycled household junk in our very own Alexandra Road Park this Sunday! 
After the performances there will instrument building sessions for all – collect and bring along tins or cans, strong plastic tubs, any tubes, plastic bottles, small boxes etc to make your own instruments to play in the band and then take home!
Absolutely everyone is welcome, young and old! Please spread the word far and wide and invite all your friends and family, the more the merrier! Just turn up!
 
Sunday 21st August 2016.
FREE Performances at 12.30pm and 2.30pm – instrument building sessions in between.
Bring a picnic and stay as long as you like!
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In ‘The Bowl’, Alexandra Road Park, NW8 0QA
The Junk Orchestra were recommended by the designers of the new park playgrounds and look absolutely amazing – check our their website http://www.thejunkorchestra.co.uk.

Open House 2015 – a huge success!

IMG_1226 IMG_1222 IMG_1209This year for the first time ever Alexandra Road Park was part of ‘Open House’ on 19th September, and it was a huge success!

We had a fantastic day with 250 visitors in total, who were taken on guided tours around the park by Neil Davidson, the lead landscape architect for the restoration works from J+L Gibbons – assisted by our brilliant Open House volunteers. As you can see from the photos, there were crowds of eager visitors!

The Tenants and Residents Hall was also open, where Friends of Alexandra Road Park provided home-made cakes and cups of tea, information about the park was displayed as well as  films about the estate and a photographic exhibition.

It was wonderful to have been able to introduce so many people to the park, and to hear such great feedback about it. We hope that lots of the visitors will come back and enjoy spending more time in the park and its playgrounds!

Community Bulb Planting session: 2nd November

On Monday 2nd November we will be planting spring bulbs across the park as part of the restoration of Alexandra Road Park, with friends of the park and anyone from the local community who would like to join in.

We would welcome as many helpers as possible.

Please come to the “meadow” area at 9.30am or any time after that if you can’t make it quite so early.

Please bring your own tools if you have them – if not we will be able to provide some.

We will be organising a children’s bulb planting session for one weekend soon but we need to get the serious stuff done first!

See you on the 2nd!

Take part in National Bat Monitoring survey!

As many of you will know, in the past bats have been spotted in Alexandra Road Park. This year new bat boxes have been put up in some of the larger trees in the park, so hopefully there will be even more of them around now.

If you’d like an excuse to watch out for them this year, you might like to take part in the National Bat Monitoring Programme anytime in June, July or August. This year’s Sunset/Sunrise survey form is available to download here. To see last years survey, click here.

Happy spotting!

Update on park works

We understand that the park works will be completed at the beginning of July 2015 – so the park will be ready and reopened in time for the summer holidays!

The park is looking fantastic and is very nearly finished now – we have uploaded some photos from our site visit earlier this week here, do take a look.

 

Seeking an Activity Coordinator for the Park

To really bring the park to life once the restoration works are finished and ensure that as many groups and people as possible are using it, there will be an Activity Coordinator appointed. This post is currently being advertised, and the deadline for applications is 3rd March.

Please spread the word!! For more information click on this link:

http://www.jobsgopublic.com/jobs/heritage-lottery-fund-activity-co-ordinator-lbc00654/from/a2i05c5tulij9/1/of/2/score/desc?highlight=alexandra

Park works – photos and progress

The park restoration is now well underway and looking very good indeed.

We have posted some photos of the progress on a new page under ‘park restoration’. Click here to see them – we will be adding new photos regularly and will keep you updated as the park takes shape over the coming months.

We are at the stage now where the new paths and trees have been put in, and the new playground equipment is almost ready to be installed – so there will be plenty of exciting updates to come!

 

 

A successful dawn chorus!

At the crack of dawn on 27th April 2014 a group of 14 hardy Friends of the park gathered at Alexandra Road Park to be wowed by the amazing birdsong that we usually just sleep through..

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We spent an hour walking around the park with our expert birdsong identifier Andrew Peel of the Marylebone Bird Society, and he helped us identify 12 different birds:

Blackbird
Song thrush
Long tailed tit
Wood pigeon
Gold finch
Green finch
Wren
Robin
Magpie
Herring gull
Lesser black back gull
Carrion crow

…and a fox!!

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Afterwards we were rewarded with a wonderful breakfast waiting for us in the Tenants Hall!

Make sure you join us for next years Dawn Chorus – the first after the park restoration…