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Work at Sunshine Corner Autumn/Winter 2017

Posted on 15 Nov 2017

Sunshine Corner perspective drawing, perennial meadow proposal © SPC Designs

The Trust is currently making some changes to the planting at Sunshine Corner. This includes changing the planting and orientation of the beds. Click these images to view large versions.

Work is now underway, and will continue over the winter months into early 2018. Please note, the posts and chain as shown in the above image are not being implemented.

If you have any questions about this or any other queries relating to Sunshine Corner, please call the Trust office on 0208 455 1066 or mail@hgstrust.org. The full plan, shown below, can also be viewed in the Trust office if preferred.

Sunshine Corner perennial meadow proposal plan view © SPC Designs


Sunshine Corner perennial meadow proposal © SPC Designs

2017 Trust Election Results

Posted on 29 Sep 2017

The Trust has received the result of the 2017 trustee election, which is reproduced below in the prescribed form.

It has been established that 23 Trust members (out of a total eligible to vote in the 2017 election of 925) were not sent ballot papers by the deadline. This was due to an administrative error on the part of the Trust.

As there was a clear winner in the election, this did not affect the outcome.

The mistake arose during the process of removing one associate member (who are not eligible to vote) from the spreadsheet containing the membership list. This inadvertently resulted in 23 full members being removed from the spreadsheet used for the election.

We have written to the 23 affected members to inform them and apologise.

We apologise for this mistake. In the future we will have procedures in place to avoid a recurrence.

The votes for this year's Trust Council election have been counted and verified by our auditors, haysmacintyre. 407 valid ballot papers were received. There were 4 rejected papers. One resident Trustee position was up for election, with two candidates standing. Brian Ingram received 116 votes. Michael David White received 291 votes. Therefore Michael David White has been re-elected as a Trustee.

A letter from the Chairman

Posted on 14 Sep 2017

The letter below has been sent to all Full Members of the Trust who are eligible to vote in this year's Trust Council election. It has been sent via email where an address was available, and by post if not.

Click the image below to download a PDF of the letter.

Ballot papers have been sent to all those Members eligible to vote. If you would like to check your eligibility or have any other queries regarding the election, please email mail@hgstrust.org or call the Trust office on 0208 455 1066.

Central Square flowerbeds launch

Posted on 10 Jul 2017

Last Friday afternoon, the restored Central Square flowerbeds were officially 'launched' at an event attended by numerous Suburb residents, local dignitaries, and respresentatives of the organisations that made it all possible.

Those present included MP for Finchley and Golders Green Mike Freer, the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor John Marshall, staff and Trustees of the Trust, the designer of the new flowerbed scheme Stephen Crisp, and the Trust's gardener Jonathan Gordon.

The restoration scheme has been funded with contributions from the Central Square residents association, the Hampstead Garden Suburb residents association, the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust, and the London Borough of Barnet, along with individual donations by other Suburb residents.

It was a hot summer's afternoon and a good crowd gathered under the shade of one of the Square's limes to hear a few words from the project's organiser Richard Townley, as well as designer Stephen Crisp, and the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Brian Salinger.

Mike Freer and the Mayor then made use of the original spade used by Henrietta Barnett to 'turn the first sod' of earth in the foundation of the Hampstead Garden Suburb on 2 May 1907. Just over 110 years on, it was used again by Mr Freer and Mr Salinger to put the finishing touches to a scheme for Central Square which looks back to the original plans for the layout whilst making use of innovative planting to ensure a fresh new look.


Trust response to Golders Green Station Planning brief

Posted on 11 May 2017

The Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust's response to the Golders Green Station Planning Brief can be downloaded below:

HGST Golders Green Station Planning Brief comments (5mb PDF)

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.

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.

Two tennis courts now available for Suburb residents

Posted on 22 Dec 2015

It may be a grey, mild December, but we are happy to announce that the second of our Central Square tennis courts is now available for use by Suburb residents.

The first court was refurbished opened up to users in spring 2015, and has proved very popular for most of summer and autumn. Suburb residents need to book their slots ahead of time via the Trust website. The single court has now received a thousand bookings since it opened in May. 

The second court has been refurbished and painted, and is now ready for play. After the first court was so highly subscribed, it is hoped that the second court will allow even more tennis fans to have a match when the warmer weather returns.

To read more, and make a booking, head to http://www.hgstrust.org/trust-property/tenniscourts.shtml

Winter Members' Lecture - Henrietta Barnett: A Philanthropic Hero

Posted on 21 Dec 2015

This year's winter Members' lecture, on Monday 21 December at 6pm, will be delivered by Charlotte Hopkins (MA) from the London Metropolitan Archives.

Miss Hopkins will explain how Henrietta Barnett's philanthropic work made her a 'hero' - not just to the Suburb, but to the various organisations and movements she was also involved with.

In documents held at the London Metropolitan Archives, which is the main repository for archives relating to Henrietta Barnett, we can trace her work through her involvement in the Settlement movement at Toynbee Hall, as the first female Poor Law Guardian and to the foundation of Hampstead Garden Suburb, “where all classes could live in neighbourliness together”.

Following a discussion of Henrietta, this talk will advise on how to search for and obtain copies of the architectural drawings of properties within Hampstead Garden Suburb which are held at LMA.

This is a Members' event. Invitations will be going out by post shortly. Membership is free, and open to all residents. If you are not already a Member and would like to become one, please see here for details and a Membership form.

St Jude's - a cultural hub for the Suburb?

Posted on 15 Oct 2015

See below for information on a new vision for St Jude on the Hill:

The proposed Hampstead Garden Suburb Cultural Hub

Please let us know your views!

The magnificent Church of St Jude-on-the-Hill lies at the heart of Hampstead Garden Suburb. This Grade 1 Listed Building may be one of Luytens’s masterpieces, but its poor condition means the church is on Historic England’s “At Risk” Register. 

The church intends to apply for Heritage Lottery Funding to help fund essential restoration work, but also to create a heritage and visitors’ centre for the Suburb itself. This will be located in a large chapel with its own access from Central Square, and will celebrate the diverse heritage of the Suburb, its architectural gems, its place in the garden suburb movement, the role of Dame Henrietta Barnett and much more. The plans also include the creation of additional community and studio space. For more information about the proposals, click here.

It is important that the church consults about these proposals as widely as possible. Please let us know what you think, by taking just five minutes to complete a short online survey.

The link to the survey is here. Do please tell us your thoughts – tell us what you like about the proposals and tell us what you think should change.  

The survey will remain open until 17 November.

Thank you,

Reverend Alan Walker

David White
Vicar, St Jude’s Church Warden, St Jude’s


You can find the presentation slides here (PDF), and read more about St Jude's at the website.

Proposed Supplementary Basement Guidance Consultation Update

Posted on 12 Oct 2015

We have now finished the consultation process and will take all comments into account when the Trustees, with the help of staff consider the final document.  We will also be taking legal advice to ensure that the detailed guidelines contained in the document are sustainable within the terms of the Scheme of Management.

There has been some debate over the breadth of the Trust’s consultation.  The exercise was outside the scope of the Trust’s standing consultation process which relates to individual applications.  The Trustees thought it right, nevertheless, to seek comments from residents but did not believe it was helpful or necessary to invite every resident to comment which is why the publicity was aimed at Trust members who provide a cross section of residents as a whole, and of course membership of the Trust is free.  We also wrote to all freeholders on the Suburb and invited comments from other organisations. Coverage in the Ham & High, Evening Standard and LBC radio will have reached a wider audience.  The contents of the Supplemental Guidance, like the Design Guidance itself, cannot be a simple reflection of the views of residents (even if there were consensus - which there is not).  The exercise is aimed at a balance between preserving the character and amenities of the Suburb and the recognition that it would be unreasonable to deny consent for basements in some cases.

It may take us a while to finalise the document and publish on the website a synopsis of the comments we have received.

Meanwhile we thank those who have commented.  If you live on the Suburb and are not already a Trust member, you are encouraged to join.  You can find out how to join by going to: http://www.hgstrust.org/the-trust/membership.shtml


2015 Trust Council election results

Posted on 25 Sep 2015

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

586 valid ballot papers were received. There were 20 rejected papers. 

One resident Trustee position was up for election, with two candidates standing. 

Claire Calman received 340 votes. Varda Aaron received 226 votes. Therefore Claire Calman has been re-elected as a Trustee. 

Trust Reaches Settlement on Basement Extension

Posted on 02 Sep 2015

The Trust is pleased to confirm that it has reached an accommodation with a resident who constructed a basement whose extent grossly exceeded that which the Trust had authorised.

The Trust’s normal response to unauthorised development is to threaten an injunction and to proceed to obtain one either to prevent work taking place or to reverse it if it has already started; this strategy has been carried out with a very high success rate and continues to be the Trust’s policy.  However, in this case the Trust received legal advice that for technical reasons, while it might obtain an injunction, it might be more difficult than usual.  It was advised that if an out-of-court-settlement could be reached, the possibility should be pursued. 

The Trust can now announce that the matter has been settled by agreement for £180,000.  This figure is based on the Trust’s estimate of the enhanced value of the house, making appropriate allowance for the cost of construction and litigation risk.  Included within the figure the Resident has also made a contribution towards the Trust’s legal fees.

While the Trust condemns completely the action of the resident in carrying out the what it considers to be unauthorised work, it acknowledges the spirit of co-operation with which he has dealt with the matter once the seriousness of the alleged breach and the Trust’s determination to seek a remedy were understood.

The Trust would like to make it clear that, while it welcomes the settlement in this case, its policy will continue to threaten and/or obtain injunctions to restrain or reverse unauthorised work.

Note: The net benefit to residents of the Suburb from the settlement will exceed £150,000 (after legal fees have been deducted).  How this money will be spent will be the subject of further discussions by the Trustees, based on advice from the Trust's lawyers and accountants.


Trust Gazette and Annual Report and Accounts now available to download as PDF

Posted on 19 Aug 2015

The Trust's two main annual publications, the Gazette and the Annual Report, are now available to download from their respective pages on this website:

Copies of the Annual Report have gone out in the post to Trust Members. Residents aged 18 and older who have lived on the Suburb for three years or more are invited to become members of the Trust company. Other adult residents can become Associate Members in the meantime. See Trust Membership for further details.

Copies of the Gazette will be sent out to all Suburb freeholders along with this year's Management Charge statement at the end of August.


2015 AGM

Posted on 14 Aug 2015

Chairman Richard Wiseman addresses 2014 AGM

Chairman Richard Wiseman addresses 2014 AGM

The Trust has announced its Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday 9 September 2015 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; details are set out in the formal Notice on the second page of the attached letter:


Trust welcomes Japanese community design agency Studio-L to the Suburb

Posted on 08 May 2015

The Trust yesterday welcomed representatives from Japanese community design agency Studio-L, who have an interest in community planning and urban design, as well as the history of garden suburbs.

Studio-L was founded in August 2005 by architect and landscape designer Ryo Yamazaki. Having worked on the management of a local park - and in particular, managing communities rather than facilities - Ryo saw how empowering this could be to local people. Over the past ten years, Studio-L has been involved in many projects around Japan, enabling dedicated communities to manage local facilities and activities.

Trust staff gave the seven visitors a brief history of the Suburb, from Henrietta Barnett's dream of a model community, to how the Trust works today to preserve the character and amenity of this special area.

The group then headed out on a walking tour of the Suburb led by Trust manager Nick Packard, taking in sights such as the recently re-opened Fellowship House, buildings and facilities at Central Square (including the Trust's new tennis court), and the ongoing conservation work on the Great Wall.

There was particular interest from the group in the work of Henrietta Barnett, as well as that of Suburb architects Barry Parker and Raymond Unwin, and Sir Edwin Lutyens.

These walks and talks form an important part of the Trust's educational work, highlighting the significance and uniqueness of the Suburb. There is interest, both nationally and internationally, in the formation of the Suburb, and how its character is being maintained in the 21st century.

New Trust Council Member Appointed

Posted on 09 Apr 2015

The Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust has a new Trustee.  Simon Hurst, nominated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), is stepping down having been a Trustee for 12 years. He is replaced by Elspeth Clements, who has been nominated by RIBA.

Elspeth is a member of RIBA Council and is an accredited RIBA Conservation Architect. She works in partnership with David Porter as Clements & Porter Architects, founded in 1979. She is also Chairman of the Highgate Society Planning Group and wrote part of the Highgate Conservation Area Appraisal.

Elspeth joins the three other nominated (non – resident) members of the Trust Council, the other nominating bodies being the Victorian Society, 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.

Broadband north of Lyttelton Way/Market Place

Posted on 23 Feb 2015

Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golders Green, has contacted Suburb residents with an update regarding access to superfast broadband in two areas that are currently not able to have it installed. His letter is copied below:

Further to my previous letter, I have again met with BT to discuss superfast broadband provision in the Garden Suburb. BT have informed me that two areas do not meet their commercial viability criteria for superfast rollout. They have stated that in order for the superfast service to be installed at your address, residents themselves would have to meet the funding shortfall.

There are two telephone 'cabinets' which serve the properties. They are:

  • Cabinet 5 (Streets around Midholm)
  • Cabinet 19 (Streets around Maurice Walk)

Each serves around 300 households and rough estimates suggest a funding shortfall of around £21,000 per cabinet. That would mean each household would be required to contribute £67, if every household were to make an equal contribution. The cost would vary depending on the number of households that sign up to the scheme.

BT added that speeds would vary between 50mb per second and 20mb per second, depending on the distance between your home and the cabinet.

As I stated previously, I appreciate this is not an ideal solution and I have pressured BT to cover the costs themselves. However, they have remained firm that as a commercial organisation they would be unable to do so.

At this stage, it would be very useful if residents could indicate if this would be something they would potentially be interested in doing. I would be grateful if you could email me on mike@mikefreer.com to discuss further.

I will also be speaking with the Residents' Association and the HGS Trust to seek their involvement in the project. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me again.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Freer MP


London Borough of Barnet press release regarding damage to a Listed building on Wildwood Road

Posted on 16 Jan 2015

Originally published by LBB on Friday 16 January 2015

The owner of a Grade II listed building in historic Hampstead Garden Suburb who repeatedly ignored council officers’ advice while carrying out building work has been fined £45,000 by magistrates.

Maurice Lawee, of Wildwood Road, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, pleaded guilty to four offences of carrying out unauthorised work to a listed building at Willesden Magistrates' Court on 13 January in a prosecution brought by Barnet Council.

The court heard that Mr Lawee bought his house near the Hampstead Heath Extension in 2008 for £3.7m within the historic Hampstead Garden Suburb Conservation area. The house was built in 1912 by Arts and Crafts architect George Lister Sutcliffe and listed in November 1996.

In 2010 Mr Lawee was granted listed building consent for an extension to his basement with the installation of a lift and conversion of a garage.

However, complaints were received by the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust that Mr Lawee was carrying out unauthorised work beyond that granted consent on his property.

Conservation officers from Re visited the site and ordered work to stop. But despite repeated assurances by Mr Lawee and his architect that work would stop, further site visits showed they had carried on regardless.

Due to the extent of the unconsented works carried out to the listed building, Barnet Council decided to prosecute Mr Lawee in one of the first cases of its kind undertaken by the authority.

Among the unapproved works carried out by Mr Lawee were; building two large conservatories at the back of the house; completely altering the house’s internal layout, including removing internal walls, knocking out chimney breasts, alcoves, the original staircase, doors and architraves; incorporating outside utility buildings into the main structure of the house; and causing significant harm to the distinctive ‘Flemish bond’ brickwork.

Mr Lawee was fined a total of £45,000 for the four offences and ordered to pay the council’s costs of £14,000. It is the third highest fine to be issued in a Magistrates court for this particular type of offence.

The solicitor from Barnet Council's shared legal practice, HB Public Law, who presented case, said: “Despite officers giving repeated warnings that work must stop and on occasions, promises being made for this to happen, works continued regardless stripping out much of the interior of the house, changing the proportions and the spaces, partially demolishing the outhouses and building.

“Irreversible damage has been caused to the brickwork and outhouse and original features appear to have been destroyed or removed from the building.”

Mr Lawee has since applied for retrospective consent for the works, some of which have been granted and others refused.

Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Richard Cornelius, said: “Mr Lawee showed a blatant disregard for the fact he was living in a conservation area in a Grade II listed building when he decided to alter his house in the way he chose fit. Planning laws are there for a reason and the high level of fine reflects the seriousness of this breach.”

David Davidson, Architectural Adviser for the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust, said: “The Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust is very pleased that the Court has taken these offences seriously and imposed such a substantial fine on the building owner.  

“The Suburb is an area of international significance in the history of town planning and architecture, and alterations to its buildings need to be carefully considered in order to retain its special characteristics. Mr Lawee chose to ignore the planning regulations which exist to protect Listed Buildings from damaging alterations.

 “The London Borough of Barnet has rightly pursued this offence with due persistence. The result will hopefully deter other owners of Listed Buildings from similar actions and ensure that they get the necessary approvals before carrying out works of alteration.”


New Trust Manager

Posted on 16 Dec 2014

The Trust Council is pleased to announce that Nick Packard MRICS has been appointed to succeed Jane Blackburn RIBA as the Trust Manager from 2nd February 2015.

Nick has been the Trust's Estate Manager since June 2009.

Jane is retiring on 30th January 2015 after ten years as the Trust Manager.

A note to Residents from the Trust Chairman

Posted on 05 Dec 2014

Those of you who have read the Jewish Chronicle this week or have looked at its website, may have been surprised to see an article about the Suburb and the innuendo that it is wrong to acknowledge the connection between the Suburb and Rothenburg without publicising Rothenburg’s Nazi past.

The Suburb's connections with Rothenburg (beyond its considerable influence on Raymond Unwin's town planning ideas in the early years of the Twentieth Century) have been the trip earlier this year organised jointly by the RA and the Trust (paid for entirely by those on the trip) and a small photographic display at the time of the Proms of photographs taken on the trip. In addition, Rothenburg will be the subject of the Trust's annual lecture which takes place next Wednesday.

On the 26th November I was contacted by Dr Saul Zadka (who was a trustee at the time the trip was organised) asking me to call off the lecture, stating that many residents were uncomfortable, if not outraged, by what he called an obsession with Rothenburg. I replied suggesting that uncomfortable residents should contact me direct by email or phone, but that the lecture would go ahead as his was the only complaint I had received. Only one resident, other than Dr Zadka, has contacted me and he rightly identified the issue as a storm in a teacup.

Anyone interested in Rothenburg's tarnished past so far as its Jewish population is concerned should look at its own website:


I hope you agree with me (and the others on the trip - Jewish and otherwise), that we are not talking about a place trying to hide its dark side.

I also made it clear to the JC reporter that Jewish/non-Jewish relations in the Suburb are not an issue and that innuendo to the contrary would be irresponsible. Anyone who would like more information should email me direct; richardmwiseman@yahoo.co.uk.

Richard Wiseman
Trust Chairman


The Great Wall, Hampstead Garden Suburb


Conservation and repair work continues on The Great Wall

Posted on 28 Nov 2014

Trust staff were on site today to inspect the conservation and repair work currently taking place on the Great Wall near Sunshine Corner, which is looking very good indeed.


The Institute Open Event - New Venue Preview

Posted on 04 Nov 2014

Two open events are being held for The Institute's new venue preview, to be held at:

Bishop Douglass School, Hamilton Road, East Finchley, N2 0SQ

on Thursday 6 November 12pm - 3pm & Monday 10 November 6pm - 9pm

There will be the oportunity to meet the teachers and discover more about the move to Kingsbury. Copies of the new brochure will be available along with light refreshments.

A flyer for the event is here

More information on The Institute is here


Completion of works at Turner Close

Posted on 24 Oct 2014

The Trust has recently undertaken a project to repair the road and pavements at Turner Close.

The Trust-owned private road, off Meadway, had suffered from broken paving slabs due to inadequate foundations for the pavements and poor drainage from rainwater running off the road and central green. In winter, this poor drainage had led to the formation of dangerous ice patches.

Following 5 years of consultation with the residents of Turner Close (who contribute towards the cost of any works), this project has resulted in a beautiful new road surface, smooth block work pavements, and an improved surface-water drainage system, all built to last for many years to come.

See below for some before and after shots:



Surveying the Great Wall

Posted on 03 Oct 2014

Trust staff recently surveyed the Great Wall, as part of the ongoing conservation and repair project with the support of the City of London.



The Great Wall - Conservation and repair project

Posted on 02 Oct 2014

On behalf of the property owners, and with the support of the City of London, the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust is supervising conservation and repair of parts of the Great Wall.

This Grade II Listed structure was originally designed as a divide between the rural Heath and the built-up Suburb.

In recent years the wall has become overwhelmed by the vigorous growth of ivy and other vegetation. This is invasive into the brickwork and its weight is adding a significant strain on its structural stability.

The work will be to remove ivy, repair the wall and re-establish controlled vegetation. It is a similar scheme to that which the Trust successfully carried out at Sunshine Corner.

Once the work has been completed the re-growth of vegetation in front of the wall will be allowed, but maintenance will prevent it from becoming too vigorous and therefore posing a future treat to the wall.

Work is likely to last until July 2015.


Appointment of new Trustee

Posted on 08 Sep 2014

David White is to succeed Saul Zadka as one of four elected Trustees on the eight-person Trust Council (the Trust’s board of directors)

Saul Zadka is retiring after a three year term of office.

David White, of Hampstead Way, was nominated by Pia Duran and David Littaur. As there was only one nomination there will be no ballot.

David will succeed Saul after the Trust’s Annual General Meeting on 10 September.

Click here to find out more about David White (PDF).


Basement Policy Review

Posted on 22 Aug 2014

The Trust has reviewed its policy and procedure with respect to applications for consent to
construct basements in the light of the High Court judgement in the Green Close case.
Click here to read the basement policy review (pdf)


Everything clicks in to place...

Posted on 21 Aug 2014

Throughout August and September, the Trust’s website content will be switching over to a fresh new design. The new look site features improved accessibility and functionality, with essential information an

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