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 …

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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London’s Refuge since 1349

By Will Coles, Heath Sub-Committee. For many Londoners, our green spaces – especially the Heath – are an important amenity where we can take refuge from city life with fresh air, wildlife, and beautiful views. Hampstead in particular has long been seen as a retreat in times of crisis. In his History of Westminster Abbey, …

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Society’s Bird Survey finds family of buzzards.

A nesting birds survey conducted by the Society has found a family of buzzards at Kenwood.Jeff Waage, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who is leading the research, said: “It is exceedingly rare to see these sorts of birds in an urban area, and now all of a sudden they’re here, hanging …

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Hollow Beech, The Vale

Possibly the favourite tree on Hampstead Heath. Polished smooth inside by generations of locals who have climbed inside it – the record is said to be 15!!  It lost a third of its canopy in the Big Storm of  of 1987, including the central leader from about 40 feet, and some fool even set a …

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How Hampstead Heath was Saved – a story of people power by Helen Lawrence

published by Camden History Society with the support of the Heath & Hampstead Society. The book can be bought from Camden History Society’s website. “This book shows what can be achieved – Helen Lawrence has a fascinating story to tell.” Griff Rhys Jones

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Heath Vision

The principal objective of the Society is to protect Hampstead Heath And today, we need to be as pro-active as 100 years ago in communicating our ideas about management of the Heath. That is why the Heath Committee has produced the booklet Heath Vision.

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