The formerly delightful views around Dulwich Park Lake, especially fine in Autumn, have become blocked by the extensive growth of reeds as the two photographs show. Although the reeds are a necessary form of protection for the water birds who live there, they have become invasive since the onset of the pandemic prevented the annual clearance by Groundforce, the specialist contractor from carrying out the necessary work.

The need for ‘windows’ in the lakeside herbage to be created is now urgent if park users are to continue to enjoy a scenic stroll around the lake.