7.30pm Tuesday 27th September
The Herne Tavern
2 Forest Hill Road SE22 0RR
Fighting to save our cemeteries from grave 're-use', deforestation and corruption
and make them Memorial Park Nature Reserves
Beautiful Southwark Woods, Camberwell Cemeteries by John Edwards @aerialuas
Friends of Camberwell Cemeteries: The Save Southwark Woods campaign
Preserving the graves, memorials, woods, meadows, playing fields, allotments, history and heritage of the Camberwell Cemeteries - with respect for the dead, and woods, history and nature for the living.
Camberwell Old Cemetery
Woodvale or Forest Hill Cemetery
Forest Hill Road London SE22 0RU
Click on the photo for location map
Camberwell New Cemetery
Brenchley Gardens or Honor Oak Cemetery
Brenchley Gardens London SE23 3RD
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Contact the Friends of Camberwell Cemeteries
07731 304 966
What is Southwark doing?
The Camberwell Cemeteries are full.
In 2007, laws changed allowing graves over 75 years old to be dug up for resale. In 2012, Southwark Council made this their Cemetery Strategy.
12 acres of Grade 1 SINC inner city woods are to be cleared for burial plots over common graves.
Then Southwark want to dig up all private graves for resale, destroying heritage, history, woods, nature and beauty - for the sake of burial in the inner city.
All London and UK cemeteries, woods and graves are at risk - Southwark is the test case.
Why do 11,000 people object?
• Woods and trees are the lungs of London
• Destroying graves and headstones erases our history and disrespects the dead
• Families have not been consulted
• No financial transparency - residents told to issue Freedom of Information requests for financial information
• Felling acres of woods reduces air quality, flood protection and resilience
• For sterile, ugly NCP Carpark style burial
• Cheaper, fairer burial exists for all at cemeteries on the edge of the city
What is happening now?
Much of the ground is consecrated. Southwark Diocese received over 800 written objections.
In February, Southwark felled two acres of Grade 1 SINC woods without Church permission. Next are 60 trees on One Tree Hill and 10 more acres of woods.
FOCC was a party to the Church hearing - until the judge said if we mention the trees we get Southwark's legal costs!
Over 11,000 want the Camberwell Cemeteries made Memorial Park Nature Reserves.
Save the History, Woods and Beauty of Britain's Cemeteries
Our inner city cemeteries are full. London Councils want to dig up iwoods and graves for 'new' burial plots over the dead. The history and nature of all UK cemeteries are at risk. This video reveals the deforestation at Camberwell Old Cemetery by Southwark Council.
Over 11,000 want the Camberwell Cemeteries made Memorial Park Nature Reserves - with respect for the dead and woods, history and nature for the living.
Come and visit!
For info on how to get to the Camberwell Cemeteries, click on the photo for location map.
'Eco' Mayor Khan goes back on election promise, gives boroughs green light to cut down inner city woods for burial plots
Just five months into the job, ‘eco’ Mayor Sadiq Khan has given the green light to cut down woods and trees across all of London's cemeteries, for 'new’ burial plots.
London boroughs claim they need space to bury the dead in the inner city. To get it, the nature that has grown up above the old graves must be cleared.
Top: Sadiq Khan posing with Woodland Trust Tree Charter riders at City Hall for London Tree Week in May
Middle: 2 acres of woods felled by Southwark Council in February, Camberwell Old Cemetery.
Bottom: 10 ACRES of Grade 1 SINC woods and graves awaiting Southwark's chainsaws and diggers
David Ziggy Greene’s Scene and Heard in Private Eye tells our story - how cemetery owners across the UK are destroying history and nature for profit. Southwark Council is cutting down inner city woods to get at old graves. All UK cemeteries are at risk - no more RIP.
Decision due September 26th: Will Church of England approve cutting down hundreds of inner city trees for ‘new’ burial plots?
National Park City or Cemetery? Khan 'supports' National Park City, agrees felling acres of London's woods for burial plots
Khan goes back on election promise, gives boroughs green light to cut down inner city woods for burial plots
Private Eye exposes Southwark burial scandal. Cemeteries no more Rest In Peace