Tuesdays 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Next meeting: 11th October
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
Click on the photo for location map
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 - if residents and families agreed.
In 2012, Southwark decided to 're-use' graves - without asking families.
Now 12 acres of inner city woods - thousands of trees - are to be cut down to sell 'new' private burial plots over the graves of London's poor.
Next all old private graves are to be dug up for resale, destroying history, woods, nature and beauty - for inner city burial.
All London and UK cemeteries, woods and graves are at risk - Southwark is the test case.
What is happening now?
In February, Southwark cut down two acres of Grade 1 SINC inner city woods, without Church permission and against huge public opposition.
Next, 60 trees on One Tree Hill and 10 more acres of woods in Camberwell Old Cemetery are to be felled.
Much is consecrated ground. Despite over 800 written objections Southwark Diocese have actively failed to protect 'God's Creation' or the graves. FOCC/SSW was a party to the Church hearing - until the judge said if we defended the trees we would get Southwark's legal costs!
Over 11,000 want the Camberwell Cemeteries made Memorial Park Nature Reserves.
Save the woods, graves and beauty of Britain's Cemeteries
Our inner city cemeteries are full. London Councils want to dig up acres of woods and graves to sell 'new' inner city burial plots.
This video tells the story and reveals the deforestation of Camberwell Old Cemetery by Southwark Council. Now the history and nature of all UK cemeteries are at risk.
Over 11,000 want the Camberwell Cemeteries made Memorial Park Nature Reserves - with respect for the dead - and woods, graves, 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.
URGENT: Burial proposals for the Old Nursery Site: tell Southwark your view by 31 October
76% of residents said 'NO' to using the site for new inner city burial plots, in a Southwark survey.
Residents say 'NO' to burial plots on green space in Southwark
Scene and Heard in Private Eye tells our story - Southwark Council is cutting down inner city woods to get at the graves. UK cemetery owners are destroying history and nature for profit. No more R.I.P. in the UK.
Have your say on THREE NEW OPTIONS for the Old Nursery site: 76% of residents say 'NO!' to using it for burial
Why do 11,000 people object?
• Woods and trees are the lungs of London - everyone knows we need more not less
• 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
• Felling acres of woods reduces air quality, flood protection and climate resilience
• These woods and graves are common goods, public property and have enormous practical, environmental, social and economic value
• Cheaper, fairer burial exists for all at cemeteries on the edge of the city
London deforestation: Two acres of woods felled by Southwark in February at Camberwell Old Cemetery.
Ten acres of Grade 1 SINC woods still for the chop