Hampstead Heath is London’s green heart, cherished and valued by Londoners and visitors alike. The City of London is responsible for protecting and sustaining the Heath, and is currently reviewing the ten-year management plan. They want to take a longer term perspective, and so they asked us to work with them to develop a community vision for Hampstead Heath. The community vision will guide the City of London's work to develop the new 2018 management plan for Hampstead Heath by April 2018.
City of London will use the community vision as a framework to make sure they fulfil their role as custodian of the Heath and honour the Heath’s rich natural, built and cultural heritage.
What is Groundwork London’s role?
We are passionate about London’s green spaces and are keen to work with the local community and everyone who uses the Heath to ensure it is preserved as a valuable natural resource for generations to come.
We’ve talked with key organisations, community groups, locals and visitors to find out what they want the Heath to look like in 50 years’ time. At workshops and pop-up stalls on the Heath, and through an online survey, we asked: What is it about the Heath that you most value, and how can we ensure the Heath continues to provide that in the long term, as the communities around the Heath and the city of London itself grow and evolve?
And you answered! We heard from people locally, across London and overseas, all keen to help us develop a community vision for the Heath. Over 1,300 surveys were completed and about 200 people came along to the consultation stalls or focus groups to share their ideas in person.
Thank you to everyone who generously gave their time to share their aspirations for Hampstead Heath. We are working to create a community vision that encapsulates the many ideas that were shared.
The results from the consultation will be released in the next few months, and made available on both Groundwork London and City of London websites.
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Why is Groundwork London involved?
We’ve been asked to carry out this consultation because, as an environmental and social regeneration charity, we have been working with communities across London for over twenty years. We work hard to ensure that as many voices from the community as possible are represented in our work.
We’re excited to be involved in this project, because our aim as an organisation is to create better places: where people are more satisfied with where they live and more empowered to take part in local decision-making; environments are more resilient and better protected; economies and employment are more sustainable; and resources are more responsibly managed, reused and saved.
You can find more information about our community engagement activities on our website:
To find out more about the Hampstead Heath consultation, visit the website or email email@example.com