Latest park news

You may have noticed Camden’s tree works are well underway in the park and despite our fear and trepidation look to be very professional .The leaning Eucalyptus on the meadow has disappeared! also the old Sycamore on Abbey Road but otherwise the trees are simply being trimmed where necessary for their future well being.

Two dates for your diary – Saturday a.m March 2nd when we will be resuming our “Friends” work mornings ( with cake) and Sunday the 28 th April when we will be having our very popular dawn chorus bird walk ( and hot chocolate)

Full details about both these will be given a little nearer the time .

Our Conservation Management Plan

Alexandra Road Park is currently trying to secure funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to rejuvenate the park and has formed a resident and Council partnership to work towards submitting a funding proposal to the HLF in February 2012.

As part of the HLF funding bid requirements a number of documents have to be prepared to support the funding bid. These include; a Conservation Management Plan, Activity/Audience Development Plan, Management and Maintenance Plan and a set of design proposals for improvements to the park.

The Conservation Management Plan sets out to record the parks significance as an important twentieth century landscape set in the context of a Grade 2* listed housing estate, which is considered to be a significant design. It also sets out to record the benefits of the park socially and makes recommendations on its long term care and management.

As the other documents and reports are finalised they will be loaded onto the web pages for downloading.

Conservation Management Plan for Alexandra Road Park 2012

Friends Morning 3rd November 2012

We manged to get a georgeous Autumn morning to plant our Spring bulbs around the trees in the”meadow” area of Alexandra Road Park .

Just hope the squirrels wont dig them up .

We didn’t mange to have a bat walk this year, sadly . The bats appeared late in the year and then it started raining again !

Still, there seem to be loads of birds in the park even now so lots of time to plan our Spring birdwalk instead.

Alexandra Road Park – Public Meeting

To present Heritage Lottery Fund proposals for the rejuvenation and restoration of Alexandra Road Park.
Where: the Tenants Hall, Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate
When: 17th October 2012
Time: 7 – 9pm
The presentation will feature proposals that are part of the Heritage Lottery Parks for People round 2 submission which will form the basis for our planning
application. The proposals seek to improve and rejuvenate the park, enabling the original designs to be experienced and appreciated by a wide range of local
residents and visitors. This will be achieved by a programme of works to improve the existing planting and to repair derelict park elements .Restoration of the hard landscaping will be carried out and exciting new play areas built . There will be sensitive reinstatement of planting and enhanced biodiversity. Please come  – there will be an
opportunity to ask the project team questions and to leave feedback and comments. Refreshments will be provided. Please come and join us. Public Meeting 17th October 2012 Poster

Bats about Alexandra Road Park

The first bat-sightings of the autumn have been made. Following on from the successful bird-walk we held in the spring, we plan to organise a bat-walk in the park in the near future. Let us know if you spot any bats above the park. Even better, try to take a picture.

Latest news on Trees

There will shortly be a programme of tree works in our Alexandra Road
Park.  These are part of Camden Tree department’s regular review of trees
in the borough.
Our trees have a had a thorough review and I am happy to report that
very few need to be felled.
These few include trees that are leaning and are therefore
dangerous or trees that are too close together where some will be
removed leaving one with more space to grow to its proper height.  Some self seeded trees within the fabric of the building will also be removed.  Some of these, amazingly, have grown to quite a height and it will be sad to lose them, however there will also be a tree planting programme which will ensure that in the future trees in the park will
be of different ages.
As you all know we are working on the final plans for our forthcoming
Heritage Lottery bid which will be presented in February 2013.
Watch this space for details of the forthcoming workshop on the 17th
October.

Elizabeth Knowles, Chair of the Friends of Alexandra Road Park

A little about Alexandra Road Park

Alexandra Road Park is a neighbourhood public park, located in the heart of the Alexandra and Ainsworth community. It forms a green oasis in a built up urban area of inner London, and is a rare and highly acclaimed example of late 20th Century landscape design. The park area is 4 acres including footpaths (of which 3 acres are the only Designated Open Space on the estate). An important aspect of the park is that it is at the centre (and designed in conjunction with) the wider landscape of the 16.2 acre Alexandra and Ainsworth estate, with the park connecting to several adjacent plaza spaces, which create entrance areas connecting it to the wider estate.

The park, an east-west swathe of green space between two long blocks of the estate was designed by Janet Jack (1972-8) in conjunction with Neave Brown’s new housing. The park cannot be uncoupled from the housing and together they are a highly valued example of landscaping and architecture from the period of rebuilding (1960s/70s) of post-war London.

The value of the park’s original design to the community goes beyond the fundamental concern for heritage: the community has given overwhelming support to retain and rejuvenate the original character of the landscape and is leading several initiatives to implement this vision. Members of the Alexandra and Ainsworth Tenants and Residents Association (TRA) in collaboration with officers from Camden Council (collectively, The Alexandra Road Park Group) recently succeeded in gaining a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop full plans for the regeneration of the park.