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Hampstead Heath ponds

The Hampstead Heath Ponds Project is a complex engineering and landscaping project, with the view to ensure the dams on Hampstead Heath can withstand extreme rainfall events. It has stimulated a great deal of interest and debate within the local community.

This education programme, based around the new National Curriculum, has been designed to take advantage of learning opportunities provided by the Ponds Project to engage and educate children in STEM, Geography and Citizenship topics. All ponds project education sessions are free of charge.

We offer secondary education sessions both on Hampstead Heath and in schools.

We have one primary education​ session on offer that takes place on Hampstead Heath.

Writing Competition Winner

The winner of our writing competition for secondary school students in years 7 to 9 is Sarah Trieu from Parliament Hill School. You can read her entry "The Garden of Life", in the link below:

The Garden of Life by Sarah Trieu (94KB) 

Congratulations Sarah. We loved your creativity and use of descriptive language in this imaginative and emotive tale.

Useful Information

Students numbers per session

The majority of our sessions are run for a standard sized class of roughly 30 students, unless otherwise stated. If you would like us to run sessions for larger groups please contact us and we can discuss the possibilities.

After-school sessions

We can run sessions after school. However, for sessions on Hampstead Heath we can only do this during British Summer Time, when it is still light in the early evening.


Hampstead Heath has a number of car parks that are open between 7.30am and 8.30pm daily, charges do apply. Parking with a valid disabled persons blue badge is free of charge.

What to wear

For sessions on Hampstead Heath please ensure that both students and accompanying adults are suitably dressed for outdoor learning. We believe there is no such thing as bad weather to enjoy the outdoors but unsuitable clothing can put a damper on any trip.

For cold/wet weather: wear sturdy (waterproof) shoes. We will take the group off path at times and the ground might be wet and muddy. Bring a waterproof coat if it looks like rain and enough warm clothes.

For hot/sunny weather: wear sturdy walking shoes, hats and sun screen.​

Need help with costs for your visit?​

You can apply to the City of London School Visits Fund for a grant of up to £300 to help with costs for visiting selected green spaces. Visit the School Visits Fund website​ to learn more.

Contact details

​If you have any queries or would like to book please telephone 020 7332 3738 or email​​​​

09 September 2015
Last Modified:
23 May 2017