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Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust

Address:
862 Finchley Road
Hampstead Garden Suburb
London
United Kingdom (UK)
NW11 6AB
Website Address:
www.hgstrust.org
ABOUT US

Hampstead Garden Suburb was developed in the early 20th century as an exemplar of good practice in residential estate planning and domestic design. It is now considered to be one of the finest examples of its type and includes around five thousand houses and flats, as well as commercial properties, public buildings, gardens, allotments and other open spaces. The careful attention given to the green environment by the original planners, including the retention of pre-existing trees, fully justifies its status as a Garden Suburb.

The Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust was set up in 1968 to maintain and preserve the character and amenities of the Suburb. It does this principally through a Scheme of Management for freehold properties, and its ownership of leasehold properties. The Trust controls alterations to buildings, manages its green estate and undertakes occasional improvement projects of community benefit.

The Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust Limited is both a private company and a registered charity. It is the successor to the company, founded by Dame Henrietta Barnett, that developed the Suburb from 1907 onwards.

The Trust's Memorandum and Articles require it to do all things possible to maintain and preserve the present character and amenities of Hampstead Garden Suburb.

The Trust has no owners and no shareholders but any Suburb resident of three years' standing can become a Member of the Trust and vote at its AGM. Newer residents can join as non-voting Associate Members.

The governing Trust Council has eight (unpaid) Trustees. Of these, four are elected by those Suburb residents who choose to become members of the Trust and four are individually appointed by the Law Society, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Victorian Society.

The responsibility of the Trustees is to see that the Trust and its assets are managed, as prescribed by its constitution. To support this work, the Trust has developed a system of committees that advise the Trust Council on all aspects of its business, from the regulation of development to the management of the Trust's finances. These comprise a mix of trustees and resident volunteer members who bring their own special areas of expertise to inform the Trust’s work, which is carried out by professional staff.

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