Work started today on Hampstead No. 2, which is the second last pond on the Hampstead Chain. The work here will include, a new 2.1m wide box culvert overflow which is being built in the south-west corner of the pond. This will be covered in a timber deck and when completed, it will be accessible to the public as a viewing point.
The outflow of this box culvert will be built in the north-west corner of Hampstead No. 1 Pond and will include a concrete head-wall. This will be surrounded by vegetation in order to screen it from view.
The pipe which connects the box culvert and the outflow pipe will be buried under the ground. The causeway which runs between Hampstead No1 and Hampstead No. 2 will also be resurfaced as part of the project and new disabled angling bays are to be created along the path for angling into Hampstead No. 2. Every effort will be made to keep the causeway open to the public, with the possibility of some localised path diversions when resurfacing work takes place.
Across the Heath, at Model Boating Pond, the fish rescue operation started on Tuesday. The specialist contractors used nets to catch fish from the southern end of the pond, which is to be drained. The fish were then placed in the remaining pond area. The fish rescue operation will recommence early next week when the pond has been drained.