Search

English Heritage accused of ‘destruction of nature’ at Kenwood to recreate one of London’s great views

PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 January 2014

The present view up to the Kenwood Dairy. Picture: English Heritage

The present view up to the Kenwood Dairy. Picture: English Heritage

Archant

English Heritage has been accused of pursuing the “destruction of nature” for no good reason with its plans to recreate a “lost vista” by chopping down dozens of trees on the Kenwood estate.

The proposed view up to the Kenwood Dairy with the copper beeches removed. Picture: English Heritage The proposed view up to the Kenwood Dairy with the copper beeches removed. Picture: English Heritage

The conservation body hopes to restore “one of London’s great views” by clearing away 26 trees, including three much-loved copper beeches, which sit beneath the 18th century Kenwood Dairy cottage to the west of the main house.

But the proposal met with fierce criticism from some quarters this week, following the launch on Friday of a consultation which runs until January 31.

Hampstead Heath activist David Lewis, a leading campaigner against the City of London’s controversial dams project, said: “These trees look splendid and they’re a feature in themselves – a better feature than the dairy or the proposed view.

“It’s destruction of nature and I just can’t see the point. They’re not such brilliant views anyway.”

The Grade II-listed dairy was 
recently opened to the public for the first time after being restored as part of the £5.95million Caring for Kenwood project, which also saw Kenwood House undergo a major renovation before being reopened by the Prince of Wales in December.

English Heritage says the scheme would return the landscape to its 18th century splendour, recreating views that were unchanged for 150 years before a number of trees were planted in the 1950s to provide privacy to the dairy.

“I have seen no documentary 
evidence that this view was ever intended,” Mr Lewis said. “It’s just rumour and supposition as far as I’m concerned.”

The estate boasts some 5,600 trees according to English Heritage, 1,700 of which were planted over the past five years. Fifty more are due to be added this winter.

Head gardener Paul Jackson said: “The Kenwood landscape is as much a masterpiece of careful design as the house itself. For over 150 years, visitors could enjoy, from the dairy, glorious views over the estate. But over the past few decades, one of London’s great views was lost.

“Now with the dairy restored and open to the public, we want to bring back these dramatic views and help visitors to better appreciate the nature and art of Kenwood.”

Mr Jackson will be at the dairy on Sunday from 10am to 3pm to discuss the project.

It will then be presented in more detail at a public meeting at Kenwood House from 5.30pm on Tuesday.

Residents can also email kenwood.house@english-heritage.org.uk to give their views.

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

We are in a fight for our future: the future of our children, our grandchildren and of our country.

Yesterday, 08:54

Detectives have renewed an appeal to trace the family of a man left fighting for his life after collapsing outside a hospital.

Yesterday, 07:39

In his latest column, Holborn and St Pancras MP Keir Starmer outlines his priorities for the year ahead.

We are in a fight for our future: the future of our children, our grandchildren and of our country.

Wed, 14:30

The collapse of outsourcing firm Carillion has led campaigners battling high speed rail scheme HS2 to call for a halt to its progress.

Wed, 12:54

Campaigners battling cuts to library services are urging supporters to send in written appeals to the government calling for a public inquiry.

Wed, 12:25

A recording studio owner is celebrating after winning a fight to stop homes being built on a disused garden.

Wed, 12:20

Our Lady of Muswell Hill Primary School is on the up after receiving an upgrade in its Ofsted rating.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Toni Krok, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, has set up a charity to help people living with the condition and their families adjust to the challenges it brings.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now