The Camberwell Society

Society for those living, working or interested in Camberwell

Loss of Green Space

Southwark Council have approved the development of flats on Dulwich Hamlets Football Ground which involves the moving of the ground onto the space occupied by the astroturf pitch. This is Metropolitan Open Land and is meant to be protected for the use of the community. Indeed on many a walk through Greendale, local children can be seen playing on the space and running off the pounds that come from the sofa / video game combination.

The Camberwell Society objected to the development. We now hear that Friends of Greendale have petitioned the Mayor to order Southwark to refuse the permission. This is his right to do so.

It is noted that there is no Master Plan for the area and that the part of the Sainsbury's car park alongside Dog Kennel Hill is under utilised and could be given over for building.

If you feel passionate that open land should be saved for the generations then you can email the Mayor at quoting reference 'Development GLA/0083c/01' as soon as possible. The Friends of Greendale have suggested that you may wish to raise issues such as:

- Failure of the Southwark planning committee properly to take into account the existing section 106 Agreement entered into when Sainsbury's was built, which requires the existing DHFC ground to be used for sporting, recreational or educational purposes.

- inappropriate development on Metropolitan Open Land.

- Failure of Southwark Council to investigate properly alternative options, such as a redevelopment of the existing stadium and/or better utilisation of the open car park land alongside Dog Kennel Hill..

- No suitable facilities for many existing users of the Astroturf.

- Failure to take into account the play and recreation needs of the local community.

Camberwell Secret Garden Needs Your Seedlings

Behind KFC on Kimpton Rd is a secret garden and they are looking for help to re-establish the herb garden. See their site below for some calming pictures of the garden and a map of how to find them. You can visit between 10am and 1pm on Sundays.

They write:

Could you could help us by donating herb seeds, seedlings/cuttings? We have rosemary, common thyme and sage, flat leaf parsley, bay, fennel - and borage, but would appreciate different varieties. Plus comfrey if anyone has it.

In return we can give seedlings of Verbena Bonariensis and Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ also Cerinthe, Nigella, poppy and orange Californian poppy seeds and Bay leaves.

Contact Kate at to arrange drop off (Sundays) or collection.

Many thanks

Myatt's Fields Tree Appreciation

Sunday 26th at 5-6pm, meet at the Depot

Black Lives Matter

For inspiring stories of people who have achieved more than most of us see the Camberwell Society's contribution to the Black Lives Matter campaign.

You can download the walk here, it takes about an hour or more if you linger.

You can watch the story of Sam King tonight at 7pm as part of the Camberwell Arts Festival

Sam was an engineer on a fighter squadron near Dover during the last war, he was the founder of the Windrush Foundation and the first black mayor of Southwark

Camberwell Arts Festival A-Z

Camberwell Arts

13 - 21 June, 9 days, hmm same number as letters in Camberwell. Is that just a coincidence?. Check it out, lots of really interesting stuff.

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The Camberwell Society was formed in 1970 and is the recognised amenity society for those living, working or interested in Camberwell.

The Society’s objectives, as defined by our constitution, are: to stimulate public interest in Camberwell, to promote high standards of planning and architecture in Camberwell, and to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in Camberwell.

We are a charity and raise money for local charities. In the past we have raised money for Southside Rehabilitation Association, St Giles Trust, Cambridge House, the CamberwellCommunity Choir, the HollingtonYouth Centre and the Camberwell Arts Festival