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Royal Parks Guild celebrates Alexandra Parks 150th anniversary
Members of The Royal Parks Guild visited Alexandra Park to mark its 150th anniversary.
Representatives of the guild were last week taken on a guided tour of the park and palace which showcased the site rich heritage and regeneration plans.
Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Alexandra Park said: “I am delighted to welcome The Royal Parks Guild to Alexandra Park in the park’s 150th anniversary year.
“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.”
This year the park won its sixth consecutive Green Flag and fourth Silver Gilt London in Bloom award.
Mr Wilson, Guild chairmn Mike Fitt and Linda Lennon, chief executive of The Royal Parks, planted trees to mark the anniversary.
The ceremony saw staff at Ally Pally and members of the guild plant a circle of six birch trees which will soon form a small copse for children to play in.
Mr Fitt said: “It was important for us to mark Alexandra Park’s 150th anniversary due to not only its horticultural status among London’s finest open spaces, but its unique heritage and cultural value.
“The park’s 196 acres 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.
“It is the intention of he guild to encourage the next generation of London’s horticultural apprentices, like the apprentices who have been recognised at Alexandra Palace today and bring them together at events such as this."
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