The new island on the boating pond
Published: 12 October, 2016
By DAN CARRIER
A NEW island created at the Highgate boating pond will not be given an official name by Hampstead Heath managers – so the New Journal wants readers to step in with a few ideas for them. The island is one of the new features of the £23million dam-strengthening work on Hampstead Heath, set to be completed this month.
Pathways around the pond and to the island were quietly opened yesterday (Wednesday) by Heath staff, allowing walkers to access the western side of the pond for the first time in two years.
The City of London, which manages the Heath, has been building up the banks of ponds as a flood defence.
Members of a ponds working party, made up of Heath users and City staff, suggested an official name for the new spot should be considered, but City insiders say there are no plans to do so. With it set to become a popular meeting place and attraction, the New Journal is calling on readers to help name the island.
Dog walker Clive Greisch said yesterday (Wednesday): “It looks lovely – they have made a nice feature. Why not name it after the original engineer who built the reservoirs?”
Susan Micinitti, who walks on the Heath every day, suggested naming it Milly’s Island, after the dog walked there by Sheila Karsberg, the pensioner killed by a cement truck in Camden Town last month.
She would regularly take her dog Milly Snowflake around the Heath.
Other suggestions include Cortina Island, a reference to the car found at the bottom of the pond when work began.
Send any suggestions for the island’s name to email@example.com or by post to 40 Camden Road, London NW1 9DR.