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The Cemetery Burial Industry wants to dig up or mound over all old graves for resale, clearing woods and memorials in the way. Southwark Council's test case is the largest grave excavation and 're-use' project in UK history.

Save the Camberwell Cemeteries - and all UK cemeteries - with respect for the dead, and woods and green spaces for the living

Beautiful Southwark Woods, Camberwell Cemeteries by John Edwards @aerialuas


Latest News:


SSW leaves Church process when told “Don’t mention the trees”

27th May 2016 Read on...


Church of England: No. We can’t ask Southwark Council to stop destroying woods and graves - even temporarily

17th May 2016 Read on...


What? No Feasibility Study on Southwark’s obscene multi-million pound project to dig up the dead??

5th May 2016 Read on...


Southwark Council Fails to Defend Desecration of Graves and Destruction of Woods

Read on...

Save Southwark Woods Friends of Camberwell Cemeteries : Aims

To preserve the graves and memorials, woods, meadows, playing fields, allotments and history of Camberwell Old and New Cemeteries - with respect for the dead and woods and green spaces for the living

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Camberwell Old Cemetery

aka Woodvale or Forest Hill Cemetery


Forest Hill Road London SE22 0RU

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Camberwell New Cemetery

aka Brenchley Gardens or Honor Oak Cemetery


Brenchley Gardens London SE23 3RD

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What is Southwark doing?


Southwark is in the middle of the largest grave excavation and 'reuse' project in UK history without the required Public Consultation of families, residents and faith groups.


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


In 2012, Southwark Council made this 'reuse' of graves their Cemetery Strategy. But the Camberwell Cemeteries were excluded from the new law so the Council must apply to Parliament to amend the Act.


To buy time, and against huge public opposition, Southwark is felling acres of woods and mounding over thousands of graves for a few years' burial until they can start digging up all the old graves.    

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?


Much of the ground is consecrated. The Diocese of Southwark received over 800 objections and will hold a hearing to decide on the Council's applications in summer 2016. Save Southwark Woods is a formal party to proceedings.


In February, without Church permission, Southwark Council razed 2 acres of woods in the Old Cemetery to the ground and is about to fell up to 60 trees on One Tree Hill in the New.


Harriet Harman and Zac Goldsmith have urged Peter John to stop - to no avail.


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


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


Every UK cemetery is at risk due to new laws allowing graves to be dug up or mounded over and "reused". Filmed in March 2016 at Camberwell Old Cemetery, this video reveals for the first time how cemetery owner Southwark Council is in the midst of the largest grave excavation and mounding project in UK history. 11,000 people say stop.

Help us save the history and nature of Britain's cemeteries from destruction.

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