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Next meeting 6th September

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2 Forest Hill Road SE22 0RR

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Fighting the Burial Industry's Plans to 'Re-Use' Britain's Cemeteries,

clearing woods to get at graves, destroying memorials, mounding over or digging up the dead to sell 'new' burial on top.  

Southwark Council's Camberwell Cemeteries are just the test case - all London and UK cemeteries are under threat.

Beautiful Southwark Woods, Camberwell Cemeteries by John Edwards @aerialuas


Friends of Camberwell Cemeteries The Save Southwark Woods campaign



To preserve the graves, memorials, woods, meadows, playing fields, allotments, history and heritage of the Camberwell Cemeteries - with respect for the dead and their memorials, and woods, history and nature for the living.

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Camberwell Old Cemetery

Woodvale or Forest Hill Cemetery

Forest Hill Road London SE22 0RU

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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?


Southwark is in the middle of the largest grave excavation ('reuse') project in UK history - without Public Consultation of families, residents or faith groups.


The Camberwell Cemeteries are full. In 2007, laws changed allowing graves over 75 years old be dug up for resale.


In 2012, Southwark Council made this their Cemetery Strategy, with no Public Consultation or even feasibility study.


Against huge public opposition, Southwark is clearing 12 acres of Grade 1 SINC woods, to mound over tens of thousands of graves, for a few years' burial plots, followed by digging up all the old graves for resale, destroying heritage, history, woods, nature and beauty - for the sake of body burial within the inner city.    

Why do 11,000 people object?


•  Cutting down living trees for burial plots destroys beauty, nature and natural benefits


•  Digging up or mounding over graves and removing headstones erases history


•  Families have not been consulted


•  No financial transparency or public scrutiny


•  Council told residents to issue a Freedom of Information request for financial information!


•  Felling hundreds of trees reduces flood protection, air quality and climate change resilience


•  For sterile, ugly NCP Carpark style burial


•  Cheaper, better, fairer burial exists for all faiths at a new cemetery 7 miles away

What is happening now?


Since much of the ground is consecrated, Southwark Council need the Church of England's permission. Southwark Diocese received an astonishing 800+ objections.


In September, Southwark's ancient Consistory Court will decide whether to permit Southwark Council to cut down the two acres of Grade 1 SINC woods they already felled in February. They also want to fell up to 60 trees on One Tree Hill.


FOCC was a formal party to proceedings - until the Consistory Court Chancellor (judge) said if we mentioned the trees, we would get Southwark's legal costs!


Over 11,000 including 3,500 Southwark residents want the graves and woods protected and declared Nature Reserves. 


Sign the 38Degrees petition...

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Save the Heritage, Woods and Beauty of Britain's Cemeteries

The history and nature of all UK cemeteries are at risk.


Councils can ask permission to dig up or mound over old graves for 'new' burial plots over the dead. But hundreds - maybe thousands - of acres of woods and trees are 'in the way'.


Filmed at London's Camberwell Old Cemetery, this video reveals the deforestation by  Southwark Council - against huge public opposition.


Over 11,000 say stop the destruction and make the Camberwell Cemeteries Memorial Park Nature Reserves - with respect for the dead and their memorials and woods, meadows, history and nature for the living.

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Come and visit!


For info on how to get to the Camberwell Cemeteries, click on the photo for location map.


For info on the cemeteries, read on...

Deforestation in polluted inner London? Ask Sadiq Khan to meet with us - it's urgent!


Inner city cemetery woods and greenspace are vital for clean air, cooling, flood prevention, nature, history, health and wellbeing.


London's cemeteries are too valuable to dig up for the sake of 'new' burial plots in the inner city.


Please write to Sadiq Khan to meet with us to stop the deforestation and destruction.


Let's make our inner city cemeteries Memorial Park Nature Reserves, with respect for the dead and woods, history and nature for the living


Email Sadiq Khan...


Camberwell Old Cemetery, inner London:

Top: 2 acres of Grade 1 SINC woods cut down by Southwark Council in February. Below: Some of the 10 ACRES of woods still to go