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Hampstead Heath’s ladies’ pond will reopen on Saturday after being closed for more than a week from a sewage leak.

When Highgate schoolboy Michael Welbank ran cross-country on Hampstead Heath as a teenager, he’d have been hard-pressed to anticipate the way his life would come to revolve around those 790 acres of north London.

Hampstead Garden Suburb Residents Association (HGSRA) has raised £65,000 for the Royal Free Charity’s Covid-19 emergency fund.

Health bosses at the Whittington Hospital have denied reports this week that it was set to be designated as a “covid-free” site.

Hampstead Heath’s Ladies’ Pond remains closed due to a sewage leak, while protesters against compulsory charges returned on Sunday.

Michael Welbank MBE, former chair of the City of London Corporation’s Hampstead Heath Management Committee died last week aged 90.

Haringey Council has vowed to free Haringey of single-use plastics after approving a series of measures designed to improve environmental sustainability.

Barnet councillors have approved plans for cycle routes across the borough – including a link to Highgate – after backing the town hall’s Long-term Transport Strategy.

Volunteers stripped naked - apart from their masks - for a socially distanced art installation.

Hampstead Heath’s education team has welcomed children back to its “secret garden” and found getting families involved – in small groups – in the outdoor world had made a difference to the wellbeing of those who had particularly struggled during lockdown.

The Kenwood Ladies’ Pond on Hampstead Heath has been forced to close for two days after a sewage leak “in the vicinity”.

The Green School Runs (GSR) charity is launching a “park and stride” scheme, with the help of the O2 Centre’s management, in an attempt to cut traffic coming into Hampstead during the morning and evening rush hours.

Camden Council has altered its constitution to incorporate “environmental stewardship” in a commitment to tackle climate change.

As summer wanes, the Highgate Horticultural Show is usually a joyous occasion.

The Ham&High is to hold a question and answer session with Hampstead Heath bosses on Zoom – giving members of the public the opportunity to quiz decision-makers about the new arrangements for swimming on the Heath and the future of the bathing ponds.

A school for deaf children in Muswell Hill has defended plans to cut down three “dangerous” trees on the border of its land.

A scheme to close roads near primary schools in Camden will be relaunched in Hampstead next week when children return for the new school term.

Muswell Hill’s Extinction Rebellion (XR) group stopped traffic around the high street on Friday in their first post-lockdown demo to raise awareness of the climate crisis.

For musicians, lockdown has been difficult as putting on gigs has become nigh-on impossible.

Protesters have drawn attention to the impact on the LGBTQ+ community of compulsory fees for swimming at Hampstead Heath.

Four under-threat oak trees in Queen’s Wood near Crouch End have been given a four-week stay of execution.

Activists from Extinction Rebellion (XR) chained themselves to gates in Regent’s Park in a protest designed to encourage a clampdown on through traffic.

Holborn and St Pancras MP Sir Keir Starmer has waded into the row over charging to swim on Hampstead Heath to ask why the City of London Corporation (CoLC) refused to trial the system of encouraging voluntary payments endorsed by swimming groups.

Protestors in Queen’s Wood have been camping for nearly a month now to prevent the felling of four oak trees caught in a dispute between Haringey Council and insurance company Axa.

The contractor criticised for closing a path which served as a Hampstead school’s fire escape route with just three days notice has apologised.


Reception and Year 1 classes at St Anthony’s Girls School have been learning about the changing seasons and wildlife through regular trips to Golders Hill Park, following months of limited outdoor activity

For the past six months, employers and employees have been adapting to ways of working from home. The green light has now been given to many people to go back to offices safely. From flexible hours and staggered starting times to deep cleaning, we’re getting ready for new ways of working.

School’s in for summer – and beyond – with health experts agreeing that pupils safely returning to their studies is “positively” the right thing to do. It’s vital for all children’s welfare, not just in terms of students’ future education but also mental and physical well-being, as well as social interaction of classmates.

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