Alleyn Club Yearbook 2017


At the start of the summer, work began on planting a new avenue of trees replacing the horse chestnuts that dated back to 1869 as part of Charles Barry Jr’s design for the ‘New College’. 52 semi-mature small-leaved limes trees (4-5 metres in height) arrived at the College soon after the end of the summer term, with the Master, Dr Joseph Spence, and Chief Operating Officer, Simon Yiend, planting the first of the trees, collectively supported by members of the College’s Senior Management Team.

The College is particularly encouraged by the response to the appeal which has raised over £30,000 and seen a wide representation of Old Alleynians, current

and former parents, and members of staff sponsoring individual lime trees along the new avenue. Amongst them are Governors. Members of the Committee, parents of the 2016 Dulwich College Boat Club 1st VIII, as well as OAs who have chosen to dedicate trees in honour of former masters. Chestnuts Avenue was a local landmark, much loved over the years by pupils, Old Alleynians and the community. It is therefore fitting that the College establish a new avenue of trees, suitable in stature, ahead of the 400th Anniversary celebrations in 2019.

Map commissioned in celebration of Lime Tree Walk, by Michael Xu, Year 13 Student.


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