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Goldschmidt & Howland becomes lead sponsor of Waterlow125

Goldschmidt & Howland becomes lead sponsor of Waterlow125

Goldschmidt & Howland, the North, NW and West London estate agents specialising in the top tier segment of the residential property market, has come on board as lead sponsor of the Waterlow125 anniversary celebrations. Preparations are now full steam ahead for the Lark in the Park event on 17 September 2016 which promises to be a fitting tribute to Sir Sydney Waterlow’s gift of Waterlow Park in the late 1800s.

Says Ceridwen Roberts, chair of the Friends of Waterlow Park, organisers of Waterlow125, “We are very pleased to have the support of Goldschmidt & Howland for this year’s important celebration. They themselves have a 125 year association with the area, starting in Church Row in Hampstead and nine years ago opening their Highgate High Street premises right opposite one of the Park gates. We look forward to a successful collaboration over the next few months for the benefit of our growing park community.”

Goldschmidt & Howland was founded in 1888, over 125 years ago.  It was in November of that year when G&H obtained their enviable position in Hampstead on the corner of Heath Street and Church Row, when the building was first completed.  Still occupying its original premises today, G&H is one of only two businesses that have remained continuously in operation in Hampstead Village over the past century.

By the outbreak of World War II, many residents wanted their homes requisitioned.  It was the task of G&H to survey those properties both when they were taken over and, at the end of the war, when claims for war damage were being filed. In fact, it was the professional work associated with requisitions that kept the firm busy during the war years.

Says Nick Walker Associate Director & Sales Manager, “We are delighted to be associated with Waterlow 125 and the marvellous gift of ‘a garden for the gardenless’ that Waterlow Park represents. We are an estate agency which also values its London heritage and is recognised for its strong commitment to professionalism, trust and quality of customer service.  We wish the Friends of Waterlow Park all the best for the continuing celebrations this year.”

Lark in the Park takes place on 17 September 2016 and will be attended by dignitaries from Camden, the City of London, Stationers Company and members of the Waterlow family plus Lord Avebury, descendant of Sir John Lubbock who performed the opening ceremony in October 1891. A Victorian history project is being run in conjunction with Highgate’s local schools, together with nature trails and anniversary planting events with the children. A 2017 Life in the Park Calendar will be published featuring images submitted to the Photography Competition which opened in February this year and has just closed (31 July). Winners will be announced in September. 

Editors: further information and images from Fiona Brown MCIPR, FOWP Committee on  Tel: 020 8373 0454.

Lark In The Park 2016

This year's Lark In The Park is happening on September 17 and will be bigger and better than our first Lark in 2014.

Generously supported by Goldschmidt & Howland - with further support from Camden and Awards For All - we have lots planned and will update you shortly...

National Federation of Parks & Green Spaces


This week we were pleased to receive the following message from the National Federation of Parks & Green Spaces:

Parliamentary Public Enquiry Launched to Address the UK’s Greenspace Underfunding Crisis

Great news! After much lobbying and calls over the last 5 years for Government action to address the underfunding crisis threatening the UK’s green spaces*,  Parliament’s Communities and Local Government Select Committee has announced an Inquiry into the future of the UK's public parks. The Inquiry will 'examine the impact of reduced local authority budgets on these open spaces and consider concerns that their existence is under threat...'…  ‘The Committee will look at how parks should be supported now and in the future.’  The deadline for responses and evidence is September 30th 2016** , and the full details can be read at:

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Volunteers Helping in the Park

Since 2011 volunteers organised by the Friends of Waterlow Park have regularly helped with selected areas of planting in the park. See how they got on in the Volunteers Diary. If you are interested in volunteering do get in touch.

Irresponsible dog owners.

In the last few months concerns have been raised about some irresponsible dog walkers regularly allowing their dogs to foul in the park. This is unacceptable for health and hygiene reasons. 

Camden have been on the case and some dog walkers have received fines for not cleaning up after their dogs.
The Friends have asked that poo bags are made available in the tennis hut and visitors centre. We hope some signage that advises dog owners of the availability of these bags would be quite helpful.