50th Anniversary Exhibition

Members’ applications to view the Society’s 50th anniversary exhibition at the Wodehouse Library in January were very over-subscribed, numbers having had to be restricted because the Library is not able to accommodate a large number of visitors at one time . Neverthless some 180 members and guests applied for tickets promptly and enjoyed the reception and patiently waited to go round the exhiibition.

The Exhibiton was organised by Ian McInnes, Bernard Nurse and the College archivist Calista Lucy. They are to be thanked and congratulated on providing such a fascinating insight into the work of the Society and the development of Dulwich over the past fifty years. The Society is also indebted to Dulwich College for its generoisity in allowing it such a wonderful space. The thanks of the Society are also due to Patrick and Merill Spencer, assisted by Wilf Taylor and others who arranged the excellent reception at which both Ian McInnes and the Society’s president, Dr Colin Niven gave an address.

If any member wishes to see the exhibition at the Wodehouse Library, Dulwich College, they should apply at Dulwich College Reception office (South Block) Monday-Friday 10am-12 and 2pm-4 for a visitor pass. The exhibition closes on Sunday 24th March when the Library will be open during the day.

Help Wanted

The Dulwich Society is looking for a volunteer to take over the compilation and planning of future editions of ‘Dulwich Gardens open for Charity’ – a copy of this booklet is enclosed with this issue of the Dulwich Society Journal. John Ward, who has produced this booklet since its first publication five years ago, is standing down. Most of the work takes place between November and February each year. It involves keeping an up-to-date list of garden owners and contacting them (by Email, post and/or telephone) to get details of their opening dates and times and also a description and photograph of the garden. This is then entered on computer, sorted into date and page order, checked and then sent to the printer who does all the detailed design work. When page proofs are returned by the printer, these are double checked. Distribution of the finished booklet is with the March issue of the Dulwich Society Journal and via local garden centres, libraries and shops.

John Ward would be pleased to give any help that’s needed to his successor. If you are interested in the possibility of taking over from him, please contact John – Tel. 020 7274 5172 or Email. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Southwark Council Cleaner Greener Safer bids 2013

After a year when there was no CGS funding, the Council has managed to find some money to restart the programme. The Society has submitted several projects for funding including a replacement traffic island in Burbage Road at the junction with Gallery Road, new paving around the war memorial on the corner of Lordship Lane and Dulwich Common, trees to screen the Herne Hill Velodrome, installation of chains between the white posts at the southern end of College Road, a replacement bench at the corner of Village Way and Dulwich Village, the installation of heritage bus stops on Half Moon Lane in Herne Hill and funds to complete the upper floor in Rosebery Lodge in Dulwich Park

Dulwich Mill Pond

Works on the dredging, de-silting and refurbishment of the Mill Pond at the corner of Dulwich Common and College Road started on 7th January. The Society had been lobbying the Estate for some time about its deteriorating condition, due mainly to the build-up of silt. The scheme, developed in conjunction with Froglife Ltd, a well-known ecological consultancy, will improve the Mill Pond and its surrounding environment and increase its ecological value. The works will involve:

  • tree thinning
  • partial de-watering of the pond
  • formation of bankside revetments which will create semi-submerged planting zones
  • removal and setting aside of the remaining silt for subsequent landscaping behind
  • addition of natural timber bunds
  • formation of two small breeding ponds on the banks of the main pond
  • landscaping of the silt once this has dried
  • formation of a new silt trap to reduce future silt build-up