Alexandra Palace and Park set to get new wetlands and bird species as part of major project

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Alexandra Palace and Park are set to become even greener with the introduction of new wetlands, solar panels and a wind turbine.

These new wetlands will not only manage surface water levels and reclaim formerly muddy paths but also increase bird diversity by introducing a new reedbed. Additionally, the pond will be de-silted to improve its capacity and quality.

Plans also include reducing water levels entering the public drainage system and creating new ponds to expand the aquatic habitat. .

The Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust has been awarded a £50,000 grant from the Greater London Authority to kickstart phase one of a wetlands project in the park's southeast corner.

The area, located next to the cricket ground, has seen better days, prompting this initiative to restore and enhance the 'quality of the habitat'. Work is expected to commence this autumn.

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While the grant will cover initial works, planning permission for the entire scheme will be sought over the summer. .

In another eco-friendly move, 24 solar panels are set to be installed on the roof of the park's sports pavilion, thanks to a £15,000 grant from Haringey Council's community carbon fund. The trust estimates that these panels will generate around 10,000kWh of electricity annually, effectively eliminating the equivalent of 2.25 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

The park is also set to host Octopus Energy's pink wind turbine nicknamed 'Gusty Spinfield'. The 28-metre temporary turbine will sit on top of the park's hill from July 6 to 25, powering food stands and bars for events taking place throughout the month.

The improvements were discussed during a meeting of the park's committee on Monday, July 1.

Emma Dagnes, chief executive at Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust, said: "Our vision for the future of Ally Pally is to become a sustainable home for everything we do. We are only at the start of this journey, but our ambition is huge."

On the renewable energy sources, she said these were 'an amazing learning opportunity' and raised awareness for the climate emergency.

She said: "Ally Pally was built as the 'people's palace' 150 years ago. A spirit of daring and innovation has steered us through the last century and a half."

"We've been home to major technological advances and world firsts. We want to embrace that spirit more than ever. The single biggest threat we face is the climate emergency and we are determined that Alexandra Palace can be part of the solution."