Dulwich Upper Wood is a 2.4 hectare Local Nature Reserve south of Dulwich Village adjacent to the Crystal Palace parade on Farquhar Rd. The reserve is managed by the Trust for Urban Ecology (part of the BTCV group) with grant aid from the London Borough of Southwark.

The Wood has been managed by the Trust since 1981 when the nature reserve was established. It is a fragment of the Great North Wood that once stretched from Nunhead to Croydon. It has always been woodland apart from the period between the 1870’s to the 1960’s when part of the site was built on with Victorian villas, predominantly because of the Crystal Palace making the area very popular.

The wood is managed as a nature reserve, educational facility, research area and place of recreation and provides an important oasis in an urban environment that is at a hub of 5 boroughs Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham, Croydon and Bromley. The site has some lovely old Oaks and other species of trees, some of which are upwards of 350 years old. The wood also has some important species of Plants, Fungi and Insects that give it associations with Ancient Woodland. An interesting locally rare plant is Ivy Broomrape (Orobanche hedera) that was found on the site in 1997 and is totally parasitic on Ivy and is only observed when the spike of pinkish/yellow orchid- like flowers appear in summer. Two species of rare Fungi were recorded in the autumn of 2010 - Sowerbyella radiculata var. kewensis and Geastrum striatum (a form of earth star) adding to the list of 350+ species recorded on the site. We also had a number of free events in a partnership with Embrace Cooperation in 2010 teaching people all about practical management techniques, identification of species and recording and monitoring.

Our events programme for March 2011

  • 10th March - Habitat and Birdbox making (take home for your garden) 10.30am to 3.30pm.
  • 17th March – Fencing: learn how to do fencing 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Places will be limited so please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0208 761 6230 to book a place. Courses in the following months will be notified on this website. All Courses are free and at Dulwich Upper Wood. If you want to know more about the wood or are interested in Volunteering at the site please contact the warden/site manager Jim Murphy on the email/Tel. above.