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Central Square flowerbeds update

Posted on 13 Mar 2017

After all the planting and bedding work that took place last autumn and winter, the Central Square flower beds continue to look fresher and more vibrant by the day, with Spring bulbs coming up to greet the sun.

The improvement work to the Central Square flower beds has been made possible with funding from The London Borough of Barnet (LBB), Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust (HGST), Hampstead Garden Suburb Residents Association (HGSRA) and Central Square Residents Association (CSRA), and residents of North and South Squares.


Bute Mews consultation

Posted on 25 Jan 2017

The Trust has received an application for consent to carry out the following works at Bute Mews, Market Place.

Demolition of existing garages and erection of 6no 2 storey houses; associated landscaping.

This application will be subject to an extended notification in accordance with the Trust’s planning consultation policy.

The drawings are available to view on the Trust’s website using this link.

If you are not able to view the plans on the website or prefer to view them in person, a member of staff will be pleased to show you the drawings at the Trust office. Please ring the office on 020 8455 1066 to make an appointment.

If you have any comments relating to these plans please write to or email us before Wednesday 8th March 2017. All comments received will be treated as confidential.  Your views can be taken into account by the Trust Council in reaching their decision.

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is coming to the area

Posted on 10 Jan 2017

The new University of the Third Age Group aims to serve East Finchley, Finchley Central, Golders Green, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Temple Fortune and nearby areas.

A launch meeting for the planned new Group is to be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday 2nd March 2017 at Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, Central Square, NW11 7AG.

U3A is a unique, exciting and growing movement for older people no longer in full-time work. It provides life-enhancing opportunities to take part in learning and other activities - not for qualifications, but for fun. These are often held in members’ homes and range from languages to life sciences and music to mindfulness, and including crafts, cultural outings and walks.

For information please visit: https://newu3agroup.wordpress.com/


New Trustee Appointed

Posted on 05 Dec 2016

A new Trustee has joined the Trust Council following Tim Leach's retirement as the Victorian Society’s appointed member. Tim leaves with the thanks of his fellow trustees and the staff for his significant commitment and contribution over 7 years to the Trust, particularly as Chairman of the Property & Plans Committee, which meets ten times per year.

Tim is replaced by Jacqueline Barnett, an architectural historian. She joins the three other appointed (non–resident) members of the Trust Council - the other nominating bodies being the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Law Society, and the Royal Town Planning Institute.  There are also four resident members of the Trust Council, elected by members of the Trust.

The Trust is a charity and holds its assets on behalf of all residents of Hampstead Garden Suburb.  Any operating surplus is devoted to the maintenance of the Trust’s financial position, to the preservation of the character and amenity of the Suburb and supporting other charitable organisations.  All Trustees are unpaid volunteers.


More Central Square flower bed progress

Posted on 27 Oct 2016

Having taken delivery of nearly 2,000 hardy perennials, the Central Square flower beds are filling up nicely.


Central Square flowerbeds: an update

Posted on 07 Oct 2016

Work continues on the Central Square flower beds, and there was a large delivery of beech plants (260 in total), as well as 72 tons of earth (for levelling the beds), and 36 roses. These are all being planted this week. More planting will continue over winter and spring.

The London Borough of Barnet (LBB), Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust (HGST), Hampstead Garden Suburb Residents Association (HGSRA) and Central Square Residents Association (CSRA), and residents of North and South Squares, have all contributed financially to enable the scheme to take place and their input is appreciated.

Here are some of the latest shots, including the first of the beech plants going in (click to enlarge):


2016 Trust Council Election results

Posted on 28 Sep 2016

The votes for this year's Trust Council election have been counted and verified by our auditors, haysmacintyre

494 valid ballot papers were received. There were 8 rejected papers. 

Two resident Trustee positions were up for election, with three candidates standing. 

Michael Franklin received 394 votes. Brian Ingram received 141 votes. Richard Wiseman received 375 votes. Therefore Michael Franklin and Richard Wiseman have been re-elected as Trustees. 

2016 Trust AGM

Posted on 09 Sep 2016

Richard Wiseman chairs the 2015 AGM

The Trust's Annual General Meeting is to be held on Wednesday 14 September 2016 in the Henrietta Barnett School Hall, Central Square NW11.

There will be a period for informal conversation over light refreshment at the beginning of the evening, and doors will open at 7.30pm for that purpose.

The business will commence at 8.00pm; notice of the meeting was sent to Members in August, and can be downloaded as a PDF here. For more information on Trust Membership, click here.

HGS Tree Survey published

Posted on 02 Sep 2016

The Hampstead Garden Suburb Tree Survey is now complete, with the published document available on the Trust's website.

The project began in 2012 as a follow-up to the Conservation Area Character Appraisal which focussed on the Suburb's built architecture. It was decided that a tree survey – which looks at the influence of trees on the streetscape and wider Suburb – would be a useful document.

The project was led by Judith Chaney, a former Trustee who previously worked on the Character Appraisal. Judith recruited volunteers and liaised with representatives from the Trust, the London Borough of Barnet and the Residents Association. She also worked with Trust staff (first Lauren Geisler, then Paul Capewell) to get the collected information into a finished document.

Trust Annual Report and Accounts for 2015/2016 published

Posted on 19 Aug 2016

The Trust's Annual Report and Accounts for 2015/2016 have been published and copies are on their way by post to all Trust Members. Copies are also available from the Trust office, and the PDF can be downloaded from our website.

To find out more about becoming a Member of the Trust company, see here.

Central Square Flower Beds

Posted on 23 Mar 2016

Restoration of the Flower Beds in Central Square

After a great deal of consideration and planning, we would like to provide advance notice of the proposals to restore the flower beds in Central Square.

The Central Square Residents Association, together with London Borough of Barnet, Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust and the Hampstead Garden Suburb Residents Association, has commissioned SPC Designs to develop a scheme to renew the flower beds in Central Square.

The historic development of the beds is shown below and the proposed scheme is also shown. (Click images to enlarge.)

Central Square Flower Beds  History
Central Square Flower Beds – History

Central Square Flower Beds  Proposed Plans

Central Square Flower Beds – Proposed Plans

The London Borough of Barnet (LBB), Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust (HGST), Hampstead Garden Suburb Residents Association (HGSRA) and Central Square Residents Association (CSRA), and residents of North and South Squares, have all contributed financially to enable the scheme to take place and their input is appreciated.

Work is due to start in Spring/Summer 2016.

Trust-led walking tours at this year's Proms at St Jude's

Posted on 14 Mar 2016

The Trust is once again proud to be involved with the Proms at St Jude’s which takes place this summer from 25 June to 3 July.

As well as concerts and literary events, there are several walking tours on offer, including a handful by Trust staff. Each one will highlight a different aspect of the Suburb, from its very beginnings right up to what the Trust is doing to preserve its character and amenity for the future.

On Saturday 25 June at 10:30am, Paul Capewell – the Trust’s Information and Communications Assistant – will tell the story of the eccentric and imaginative Charles Paget Wade and his contributions to the Suburb. Details and tickets can be found at this link.
On Monday 27 June at 10:30am, Nick Packard - Trust Manager - will lead a talk describing the work of the Trust. Tickets and more details can be found at this link.
And on Wednesday 29 June at 2.30pm, the Trust’s architectural adviser David Davidson will celebrate the life and work of George Lister Sutcliffe, who designed some 400 Suburb homes before his death 100 years ago last year. Tickets and more details can be found at this link.
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