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Bridges, subways and walls

Dulwich Upper Wood wall repair

Dulwich Upper Wood wall
Dulwich Upper Wood wall

Dulwich Upper Wood is a 2.4 hectare local nature reserve and Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, located in Crystal Palace.

Most of the woodland is enclosed by fencing however along the western boundary there is a 50m long brick wall, which has become unsafe due to severe deterioration. Part of the wall has been taken down for safety reasons and must be rebuilt. The wall is located at the southern end of Farquhar Road near the junction with Jasper Road. The footway has been closed off.

Mature woodland and tree removal

To date, various options for reconstruction and repair have been considered but all required removal of a significant number of mature trees from within the woodland.

Retaining mature trees where possible is a priority for the council and local residents, and officers are investigating options that could allow the repairs to be carried out without any tree removal, or significantly reducing the number of trees that need to be removed.

These options involve a Stopping Up Order which requires approval by the Magistrates’ Court, and there is a risk it will be denied.

Consultation activity

The community consultation event (online) took place on Monday 5 October 2020 and the online consultation was available from 28 August 2020 to 11 October 2020.

We received 99 responses, where 83% of respondents preferred Option A. Four comments received after the deadline were taken into account.

Almost 40% of respondents commented on the importance of repairing the wall without removing trees.

View the consultation report (pdf, 1mb)

Next steps

Consultants will continue with the outline design and safety audit for Option A.

We will apply to the Magistrates Court for a Stopping Up Order with the proposed outline of reconfiguration of the public Highway.

Should you have any queries, or would like to join the mailing list for updates please call 020 7525 5945 or email parks@southwark.gov.uk.

Page last updated: 29 January 2021

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