Bridges, subways and walls

Dulwich Upper Wood wall repair

Trees and a low 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's 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 pavement 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. 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.

Public consultation

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, which is shown in the report that can be downloaded below.

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

The report is available to download (pdf, 1mb). Please get in touch if you'd prefer a paper copy.

Getting approval

When making changes to the road and pavement layout, it’s important to ensure we have the right permissions. The new layout will include a new retaining wall in a slightly different location, a narrower road, and a shared pavement for both pedestrians and cyclists.

We've looked into whether we would need planning permission and a Stopping Up Order for the relocation of the pavement and changing it into a shared space, which is an essential part of the new layout. We've been advised that the project can go ahead by using the powers of improvement under Part V of the Highways Act 1980 being s66 and s96(1). Therefore, planning permission and a Stopping Up Order are not required.

A Road Safety Audit is underway, which will indicate whether a Traffic Management Order is required.

Next steps

We're liaising with specialist highways consultants to prepare the technical design. We anticipate to start work on site subject to permits and final approvals in autumn 2022. The duration of the works will be at least 4 months.

If you have any queries, or you'd like to join the mailing list for updates, email

Page last updated: 30 March 2022

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