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Hampstead Heath Management Strategy 2018-2028

The Management Strategy for Hampstead Heath sets a road map for realising the long-term aspirations of the Heath Vision (124 KB). The Strategy sets out four long-term Outcomes and Ten Priorities (156 KB) to guide the management of the Heath over the next ten years.

Managing Hampstead Heath

We’ve been working on this for some time, commencing with a review of the comprehensive 2007 Management Plan (3.96MB) in 2016. A summer of public consultation, community workshops and events; and an online survey followed in 2017 and resulted in the Heath Vision.

Managing the Heath is all about finding a balance. Balancing the impacts of visitors with conservation of the Heath’s many values. As well as finding a balance between the varied, and sometimes contradictory, needs of different user groups, activities and experiences. This is not about changing everything we do. It is about working together to achieve our goals.

The Vision

During 2017 we asked people to imagine the Heath in 50 years’ time and to tell us their vision. We received almost 1,600 responses and a wealth of information about the ways that people value the Heath and the ways it enriches their lives.

Thank you to everyone who contributed and shared their aspirations for Hampstead Heath. The Heath Community Vision distils the diverse range of views that were expressed and encapsulates the many aspirations that were shared throughout the engagement process.

The community vision for Hampstead Heath:

  • We protect and conserve the Heath
  • The Heath enriches lives
  • The Heath is inclusive and welcoming
  • Together we care for the Heath

The Heath Vision (124KB) has guided our work to develop the  Hampstead Heath Management Strategy 2018-2028 (2.44MB) and sets a clear course for working with the community to realise our shared aspirations.

Next steps

Finalising the Strategy marks a key milestone. In parallel, we have been working to set up a new Management Framework. Many of the Priorities and Commitments set out in the Strategy are already underway, as scheduled in the Divisional Plan and Annual Work Programme for 2019-20.

During 2019 we will be consulting on a range of planned projects to consider how they can be resourced and developed, as well as potential partnerships and opportunities for collaboration.

Our Divisional Plan (184KB) sets out priorities for the coming three years for Hampstead Heath.


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