A Tribute to Stella Benwell, 1921 - 2014
Stella was on the Dulwich Park Friends’ Committee for over 15 years and even after she retired (aged 90 of course!) we would still seek her advice. She had a lifelong interest in wildlife initially encouraged by her parents who were keen birders.
One of Stella’s great achievements was the copse planted in 2007 after a donation from the Dulwich Village Preservation Society – in less than 7 years we have a shady native woodland at the edge of the park instead of the ‘green desert’.
Planning Application Dulwich Park 13/AP/4517
The following is the formal response by the Committee of the Friends of Dulwich Park to the request for planning permission for the construction of flood alleviation defences in Dulwich Park.
Dulwich Park Fair has been cancelled this year due to the Flood Alleviation Project planned to take place in the Park between April to October 2014. Whilst not wanting to pre-empt planning permission which is still outstanding, a decision on the Fair has had to be made now.
This decision was not taken lightly but the schedule for the £3.8m flood alleviation works, which seeks to protect close to 200 properties in Dulwich from surface water and sewer flooding, means that some areas of the Park will not be accessible whilst construction works take place, making it too difficult to hold the Fair.
Please look at the link for the planning application documents to get an idea of the scale of the works, and in consequence, the inevitable disruption:
THIS IS A ONE-OFF CANCELLATION - THE FAIR WILL REVIVE IN 2015!
The application for planning permission for the construction of flood defences in Dulwich Park, Belair Park and the Southwark Community Sports Trust Grounds has now been submitted.
The deadline for comments is 5th of February 2014!
Details of the application, plans and other documents submitted with it can be seen on the planning applications register page on the council's website at www.southwark.gov.uk.
If you wish to comment on the proposals, they request you use the 'Planning - comment on a planning application' form available at https://forms.southwark.gov.uk.
If you wish to discuss the plans in detail, or need clarification, you are advised to contact the case officer 0n 020 7525 1778.
Southwark Council has prepared a Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment which identifies certain areas, including Herne Hill and Turney Road, as being at risk from flooding by both sewer and ground water. (This initiative began long before the recent burst main on Half Moon Lane.) The drains in the area have insufficient capacity to cope with severe rainstorms, which are becoming more common as a result of climate change.
It has produced plans to make structural alterations to both Dulwich and Belair Parks to allow the retention of water in the parks during severe storms, with the water being allowed to drain slowly through the drainage system once the storm is over.
Southwark Council has finally announced the successful artist in its competition for a new work for Dulwich Park, to replace the stolen Hepworth bronze Two Forms (Divided Circle).
The chosen work is Three Perpetual Chords by Conrad Shawcross, comprising three iron sculptures which the artist describes as "visual descriptions of musical chords”, reflecting the mathematical patterns in music The illustration shown is a computer-generated image of one of the three pieces, which ascend in complexity. The likely timetable should see the work installed in late summer 2014.
Southwark Council has undertaken a consultation on whether there should be parking enforcement in the park.
Quercus robur 'fastigiata'
Head Gardener Ric Glenn writes:
“Dulwich Park's Cypress Oak is found outside the carriageway, on the right just past the bridge over the rivulet (see pic).
Catalpa bignonioides 'Aurea'
(Red) Indian bean tree - family bignoniaceae
Head Gardener Ric Glenn writes: "Dulwich Park's Indian Bean Tree near the picnic area behind the lake is a splendid sight, with its over-sized, vivid yellow-green leaves
You may have noticed the recent works in Dulwich by street artist Stik – there are two in Court Lane.
Some of you will remember Matthew Gilbey, who was apprenticed to Head Gardener Ric Glenn.