The Ponds film – Still Waters Run Deep

After two years’ work including a 12-month filming period, The Ponds – a documentary celebration of the year-round swimmers and the Hampstead Heath ponds – is ready for release. Co-producers Patrick McLennan and Samuel Smith endeavoured to capture life at the unique swimming ponds over all four seasons, getting to know the regular swimmers and trying …

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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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New plaque on Parliament Hill

The Shard, The Eye and The Gherkin are just some of the many London landmarks visible from Parliament Hill. A new plaque funded by our members, replacing the one we donated in 1984, now helps to identify the new and old. Compare the view today to those captured in these historic postcards.    

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Society battles to save Heath plot from development.

Land left by Harry Hallowes, the so-called Hermit of Hampstead Heath, is in danger of being bought by developers. The charities to whom Harry left the land that he squatted for twenty years have decided to auction it to the highest bidder. Despite Harry’s known wishes that the land be left in its wild and …

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The Work of the Heath Committee

The greatest danger facing Hampstead Heath comes not from the fact that it is loved too little – but from the fact that it is loved too much. The pressures faced by the Heath today are unprecedented.

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South Fairground Site Public Inquiry

This public inquiry scheduled for 11-12 December 2018 (as stated in our October newsletter) has been postponed until 2019. When the new dates are known, they will be announced here.

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The Ladies Pond gets further international recognition.

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Protect Millfield Lane and Hampstead Heath from Urbanisation

In the Planning Report of our January newsletter you will find details of an application for a totally unacceptable development of five houses in a beautiful garden right on the edge of the Heath . The Society is supporting a petition launched by the Friends of Millfield Lane and we would encourage members to sign …

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