All change at the top – park manager Paul Highman leaves after thirty-four years’ service to Southwark Council. Paul Highman is well known to many of you. His connection with Southwark parks has endured for thirty-four years – and, with our park, for almost ten years as manager.
The Friends have enjoyed a hugely positive working relationship with Paul. Sadly for all of us, he has taken voluntary redundancy, as Soutwark Council ‘restructure’ their parks’ management. Those of us who love Dulwich Park owe a huge debt to Paul.
We must also mention the annual Dulwich Park Fair, which simply would not have happened without Paul’s energy and commitment. We are making him an honorary life member of the Friends. He promises to return from time to time to help with ‘Dig the Park’ and generally support our efforts. We all wish him happiness and fulfilment in the next phase of his life.
Will Walpole, who also has responsibility for Peckham Rye Park, succeeds Paul as manager.Will is well acquainted with members of the Friends’ committee (he used to work in Dulwich Park) and we have already begun developing what we are confident will be a fruitful relationship.