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Save the woods, graves, history and nature of our Cemeteries

Our inner city cemeteries are full. Councils want to dig up acres of woods and graves to sell off as 'new' burial plots - no more RIP. The history and nature of all UK cemeteries are at risk. This video tells the story.


As of 1PM Thursday 23rd March 2017:


THE GLADE in the part of ONE TREE HILL in CAMBERWELL NEW CEMETERY (Area D1) All done. The Glade is no more. Cutting in bird nesting season, against Council planning consent terms.


UNDERHILL ROAD WOOD, CAMBERWELL OLD CEMETERY (Area Z): Council cut down another 20 "Not trees" on consecrated land outside the hoardings. Restarted the felling of two acres of wood to create new burial area over 48,000 paupers' graves including 48 WW1 soldiers graves.


CAMBERWELL NEW CEMETERY - OLD NURSERY SITE (Area B): Planning application to dig up three acres of Honor Oak Nature Corridor for has been made.

Object Here.


LONG TERM: 10 more acres of woods to be cleared in Camberwell Old and New Cemeteries, for burial plots over graves.


FINAL HORRIFIC GOAL: Southwark Councillors agreed June 2012 without consulting families to dig up thousands of people's remains and sell off their graves as new burial plots.


We call on Southwark Council to save the Camberwell Cemeteries with respect for the dead and invaluable inner city woods, nature and green spaces for the living.    |    |    @southwarkwoods    |   Facebook Page Save Southwark Woods

Southwark is felling - during bird nesting season against its own planning consent

Object to new plans for Honor Oak Nature Corridor Click here...  


Beautiful Camberwell Cemeteries Southwark Woods by John Edwards @aerialuas

New laws gave cemetery owners right to apply to mound over or exhume the dead and sell off their graves as 'new' burial plots. Southwark Council is busy cutting down acres of woods and mounding over tens of thousands of graves to create 'new' burial plots unsuitable for many residents who seek burial by faith. We are fighting to save the Camberwell Cemeteries as inner city Nature Reserves with respect for the dead and nature for the living

Underhill Road Wood

Camberwell Old Cemetery

Woodvale or Forest Hill Cemetery

Forest Hill Road London SE22 0RU

Click on the photo for location map

One Tree Hill

Camberwell New Cemetery

Brenchley Gardens or Honor Oak Cemetery

Brenchley Gardens London SE23 3RD

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Cemetery maintenance costs money. A full cemetery is not making money burying people. Southwark is trying to find ways to make money from the Camberwell Cemeteries, dressed up as 'local burial for local people'.


In 2007, Justice Secretary and local MP Harriet Harman steered through a new law for people's graves over 75 years old to be dug up for resale.


In 2012, Southwark Council agreed to 're-use' graves - without asking families. In 2013, Southwark cleared veteran hawthorn hedgerows, trees and meadows in Camberwell Old Cemetery to mound over thousands of graves for resale - Woodvale.


In 2016, Southwark cut down two acres of woods without Church permission against huge public opposition to sell 'new' burial plots over Londoners' graves beneath. 10 acres of woods are still to be cleared.


But the final horrific goal - exhuming thousands of people's buried remains and their graves sold off as 'new' inner city burial plots.


All London and UK cemeteries are at risk - Southwark is the test case.


Sign the petition

Visit the beautiful, historic Camberwell Cemeteries


(Which aren't in Camberwell!)


For location of the Camberwell Cemeteries, click on the photo for a map.


For info on the cemeteries, read on...  


Save the Camberwell Cemeteries:

Sign the 38Degrees petition here...

Why have over 12,000 people objected to Southwark's Plans?


•  The woods, meadows and old graves of Camberwell Cemeteries are beautiful.


•  Digging up thousands of people's remains is horrific and disrespects the dead.


•  Families have not been consulted.


•  No financial transparency - residents told to issue Freedom of Information requests - and burial given a blank cheque. Costing £millions.


•  Felling acres of woods increases air pollution and the risk of flooding.


•  These woods and graves are public property, and bring citizens enormous benefits that Southwark is destroying.


•  Southwark's policies are discriminate on the basis of faith - unfit for most Muslim and Jewish burials.


•  Cheaper, fairer burial exists for all faiths at cemeteries on the edge of the city, where these cemeteries were, when they were built




Object to development in the Honor Oak Nature Corridor

Deadline: Midnight April 3rd. Click here...

Bones Dug up by Council in Camberwell Old Cemetery

Left: Human remains dug up in May 2008 (South London Press). Right: Trees and memorials scraped for 'new' burial plots over tens of thousands of people's graves. Let Southwark's dead rest in peace. Photo: March 2017 by David Rose for The Telegraph

Contact the Friends of Camberwell Cemeteries - the Save Southwark Woods campaign


T: 07731 304 966


David Rose Telegraph


The Glade, Camberwell New Cemetery

Brenchley Gardens SE23 3RD




We meet in the back of the Herne Tavern

2 Forest Hill Road SE22 0RR - all welcome



Southwark is felling trees on One Tree Hill in nesting season breaching the terms of its own panning consent. 200 residents have written to tell them to stop. The poplar was cut Monday 20th March. Read on...


‘Local burial for local people’ to be bought by anyone who can pay. Read on...

We again demand Southwark stop tree felling immediately. Read on... 

Witness Southwark cutting down trees during birdnesting season. Read on... 

Felling has begun on South London’s historic landmark One Tree Hill. Read on...  


"Uproar of local people concerned over Church of England support of mounding over and digging up local people's graves" South London Press

"War graves lost as court gives council permission to bury civilians on top of WW1 soldiers" Daily Telegraph Church of England says NO NEED FOR WAR GRAVE MEMORIALS over the graves of 48 WW1 soldiers Read on... Church supports Council cutting down acres of cemetery woods including on One Tree Hill. Read on...

Southwark burial service discriminates against most Muslim residents - 10% of residents, 30% of borough burial need, yet only 1.6% of burials in borough Read on...

DAILY UPDATE - 21st March

Southwark is continuing to cut down trees on One Tree Hill in bird nesting season - breaching the terms of its own planning consent.


The destruction in Camberwell New Cemetery is for 122 burial plots - less than six months' worth of burial. Bats also use this site and it is breeding season.


More than 200 residents have written Southwark to stop at once. We have made a formal complaint.


The healthy 60 foot Poplar was cut down yesterday - as many as sixty trees are being felled including 10 Oaks. Councillor Ian Wingfield has ignored repeated requests for a site inspection. Read on...