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Dulwich Upper Wood Nature Reserve

Introduction

In 1981 the site was created as a nature park by the Ecological Parks Trust, now the Trust for Urban Ecology. The wood is largely mixed oak woodland with a number of ancient oak trees and various trees from the Victorian gardens are also present.

Dulwich Upper Wood was once part of the Great North Wood within the Manor of Dulwich. The area developed rapidly following the Great Exhibition of 1851 when Crystal Palace was removed and re-built at Sydenham Hill and opened again in 1854. Large Victorian houses were built in the vicinity. After Crystal Palace burnt down in 1936, its railway fell into disuse and the area declined. In addition WWII bombing destroyed Victorian houses on the east side of Farquhar Road, their gardens became overgrown and reverted to woodland.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

Opening is unrestricted.

Directions

Rail: Gipsy Hill, Crystal Palace. London Overground: Crystal Palace. Bus: 2, 3, 63, 122, 157, 202, 227, 249, 322, 358, 410, 417.

Owners

LB Southwark, leased to Trust for Urban Ecology

Features & Designations

Designations

  • Site of Nature Conservation Importance

Key Information

Type

Managed Woodland

Purpose

Nature Reserve

Survival

Extant

Hectares

2.4

Open to the public

Yes

References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust