The Heath & Hampstead Society fights to preserve the wild and natural state of the Heath; to maintain the character and amenities of Hampstead; and to promote the study of local history, natural history and conservation.

Between painting room and paradise: A savage fate

James Armstrong introduces his account of the life of John Constable using the format of a novel to imagine the memoirs of Constable’s family nurse.

Monday 29th November 2021. 7.00 for 7.30 pm.

10A South Grove, Highgate, N6 6BS

Entry £5 (including a complimentary glass of wine). Also simultaneously available on Zoom for £3

For more information and booking details go to http://www.highgatesociety.com

Free Concert on Hampstead Heath

On Sunday 5 September The Heath & Hampstead Society together with the City of London Corporation joined together to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Hampstead Heath Act.

The sun came out – along with several hundred spectators – to shine on a free concert calked ‘Natural Aspect’. Why that title? It is taken from the original wording of the Hampstead Heath Act 1871 whereby the Heath was to be preserved for ever more as an oasis with a “natural aspect”.

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Celebrating 150 years since the Heath was Saved.

On 27th June, marking 150 years of the Hampstead Heath Act 1871, members of the Kite Society of Great Britain gave a spectacular display of kite flying, with tricks and intricate routines accompanied by music, in the beautiful surroundings of the Heath.

New Pollution Survey

The Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum is launching a new project to test air quality in 10 locations around Hampstead. Donations to support this project are welcome. Read more here…

Biodiversity on the Heath

Brand-new interpretation boards, promoting appreciation and conservation of Nature on the Heath, have been produced by the Society working with the City of London , English Heritage and the Marylebone Birdwatching Society . Placed at seven entrances, they will be changed every season to reflect the Heath’s biodiversity and seasonality. Read more…


Commuter Cycling threatens Heath

Prior to the pandemic, the position with Heath cycle routes was that the City would not review any new proposals for more cycle paths until 2022.

In light of the pandemic, Camden Council are now looking at measures to encourage cycling (etc) in the borough.

There are at least six proposals for increased cycling on the Heath.

The position of the Society is that no more cycling should be allowed on the Heath. A vision of how more cycling would adversely affect the Heath and its pedestrians has been given to us during lockdown when the City was unable to enforce the Heath bylaws and cycling was uncontrolled. We received many valid complaints about the damage to the Heath and the danger to pedestrians.

The Heath now gets 11 million pedestrian visits a year and there is simply not the space on the existing pathways for more cycling. We’d like to thank members for writing to oppose more cycling on the Heath.

The Heath is not, and should not be made, part of London’s transport infrastructure. We firmly believe that any increased cycling arrangements now introduced under the pretext of the pandemic will become permanent.

Current proposals for more Heath cycling (there may be others):

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