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Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Last updated Monday 19 July 2021

Returning to normal

In line with the relaxation of most restrictions in England from Monday 19 July 2021, the Trust's protocols have been adjusted accordingly.

The office can be contacted during our normal hours of Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, via 0208 455 1066, or via mail@hgstrust.org. You can use individual staff emails if you know who you are trying to write to.

Beyond the office, our gardening work and site visits continue to proceed as normal, and our tennis courts on Central Square remain open for the exclusive use of Suburb residents, provided they have made a booking online.

Looking further forward, we are pleased to say that this year's Trust AGM - on the evening of Thursday 30 September - will be an in-person event, and we also have plans to stream it online for those who would prefer to use this method. We'll have more details on that shortly.

Protecting one of the most perfect examples of the unique English invention and speciality - the garden suburb

The importance of Hampstead Garden Suburb in the history of 20th Century architecture and town planning cannot be overestimated. The brainchild of Henrietta Barnett, the Suburb was to be a model community with people of all classes living together in beautiful houses set in a verdant landscape. Laid out by Raymond Unwin, with Edwin Lutyens, the houses and flats represent the best of English domestic architecture of the early twentieth century.

Today, it is an environment of international significance. The eminent architectural historian, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, described it as "the most nearly perfect example of that English invention and speciality, the garden suburb".

The Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust was set up in 1968 "to do all things possible to maintain and preserve the present character and amenities" of Hampstead Garden Suburb. The Trust operates a Scheme of Management, which ensures that the architectural standards of the Suburb's founders are maintained. The Trust publishes policies for the protection of the character of the Suburb and householders must obtain the Trust's approval before making changes to the external appearance of their property.

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