Not Ponds Project related, but a new plaque is to be unveiled very soon on Parliament Hill to replace the old sign which was over 30 years old.
The plaque has been donated by the Heath & Hampstead Society, members of which have worked closely with the Heath staff throughout the design and manufacture of this unique plaque.
This plaque replaces a similar one which showed points of interest in the London skyline of over 30 years ago. The previous plaque predates the City of London becoming custodian of Hampstead Heath and was installed by the Greater London Council in 1984. The London sky line has altered significantly in this time.
The location of the plaque is identified as a Protected Vista in the London View Management Framework in recognition of the significant views towards St Paul’s Cathedral and the Victoria Tower at the Palace of Westminster. It is one of three protected vistas on the Heath (one is part way down the path towards the café, the other is at Kenwood House).
As custodian of the Heath, the City of London manages the view point to ensure the protected vistas between these strategically important landmarks are maintained.
The replacement of the plaque is part of wider landscape improvements to Parliament Hill to ensure this popular viewing point looks its best for the millions of visitors that visit each year. The past 12 months have seen renewal of timber benches, repairs to the steps and path approaching from the fields below, laying of turf to regenerate compacted areas and careful management of the tree canopy to ensure the historic vistas are maintained. Some of these works have been undertaken with assistance by Heath Hands volunteers.
Enjoy the view!