How different things are from the previous Journal. For those who have been able to get out of their houses for daily exercise it has been a pleasure to walk around our parks and woods, and appreciate the beautiful environment we have in Dulwich, not least the rhododendrons in Dulwich Park. I have also really enjoyed seeing the glorious wisteria on many of the houses.

I trust that all members and their families are keeping well. We know that quite a few will be in self-isolation, or following the guidelines for older citizens and those with longstanding health conditions. It is impressive how quickly a network of local mutual aid groups has sprung up and many roads now have their own WhatsApp group to help neighbours with shopping and errands in addition to the national support efforts. Many Dulwich residents are working as part of the South London Scrubbers making PPE equipment for Kings and St Christophers; and Dulwich College and Alleyns have been using the 3D printers in their technology departments to help with the manufacture of protective visors. Several schools have also opened several of their sports fields to the general public and in East Dulwich there has been the community raffle.

Many of our local shops remain open (the food shops, post offices and pharmacies) while others are able to take orders online or over the phone for home delivery (see and we must support them as much as we can. The regular monthly Society eNewsletter has more up-to-date information on local trader deliveries and mutual help groups. The local co-ordinator for ‘Covid-19 Mutual Aid Herne Hill and Dulwich Village’ can be contacted on 07514 134568 or - they can put you in touch with your road contact (they have 60 plus street groups on their list) or, failing that, will provide help themselves.

In line with Government advice, we have postponed or cancelled our Annual General Meeting, the Garden Group’s Coach tour, and other events, until the emergency is over. The Society continues to monitor local planning and licence applications on line, as well as licence applications to the Estate.

Please take care and look after yourselves and your families, and we look forward to seeing you at events later in the year when hopefully things are easier. Also follow our Twitter feeds for latest local news and information: @dulwichsociety/@dulwichhistory/@dulwichgarden

New the green wall

The Dulwich Society contributed £3000 towards the installation of a 'green wall' at the Dulwich Village Infant's School. It had previously given a similar amount to the Goose Green Primary School in East Dulwich.

Garden Grant

The Covid crisis means that garden openings for charity have been suspended, in the case of those opening for the National Gardens Scheme until the end of June. The situation beyond that will depend on Government advice, and we will pass on the position to members through the Society’s monthly eNewsletter. In the meantime there are “virtual” garden openings on

The Society was pleased last year to make a grant to the garden volunteers at the Old Dairy Health Centre in West Dulwich, towards tools and plants, and it is a pleasure to see the fruits of their labours coming into bloom.