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London’s green spaces - Hampstead Heath

Posted Jul 31 2010 4:16pm

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One of my favourite green open spaces in London is Hampstead Heath which offers 790 acres of beautiful parkland to explore and connect with nature, located only 4 miles from Trafalgar Square http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hampstead_Heath

The Heath has always been a magical place for me at any time of year. I was born in the area and have spent many happy hours enjoying the spectacular range of wild-life and fauna that it never fails to deliver. It is wonderful to have an open space like this and to know that its preservation is guaranteed by the Corporation of London and English Heritage.

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The Heath is a great place for appreciating nature and noticing the changing seasons. It is looking very parched at the moment and I noticed great big cracks in the earth along many of the paths . With very little rainfall this summer in London, the soil is suffering from a lack of water but the wildlife seems to be coping well - noticed this beautiful heron taking a dip in the Vale of Health pond.

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Hampstead Heath has won a Green Flag Award for the past ten years - these awards recognise “green lungs” in built up areas in the UK. http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/GreenFlag/

Have your say about your local green open space by logging onto Greenstat, a system that gives local residents the opportunity to comment on the quality of their open spaces and how well they feel they are being managed and maintained at http://www.greenstat.org.uk/

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