All UK cemeteries are at risk. Councils want to dig up all graves to sell off as 'new' burial plots over other people's graves. The BBC report below tells the story.
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Save the Woods and Graves of Southwark’s Cemeteries
Acres of trees cut down, thousands of graves destroyed in the two Camberwell Cemeteries
"I went to scatter my mum's ashes at my grandparents' graves... but it was missing"
Southwark Council is burying over the dead and wants to dig up thousands of graves for new burial plots - with devastating consequences for nature and heritage.
Acres of woods and graves have already been lost. But acres remain to be saved. Stop Southwark bulldozing our cemeteries. Save them as nature reserves.
£2M of trees destroyed to make it easier to reuse graves. This photo is just part of the destruction - Camberwell New Cemetery, July 2017.
Acres flattened for 'new' burial plots over graves, including dozens of CWGC War Graves. March 2017...
For inner London burial plots - sterile, commercial, and unsuitable for up to half of residents for whom burial is the only option. April 2017.
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Still much to save. Above Camberwell Old Cemetery woods, June 2015
The two cemeteries are not in Camberwell, they're in East Dulwich, Nunhead and Honor Oak.
Camberwell Old Cemetery
Forest Hill Road London SE22 0RU
Camberwell New Cemetery
Brenchley Gardens London SE23 3RD
EVENT: EARTH DAY - TREES COUNT
Help us count our trees on Earth Day and help save our ten acres of woods
2.00pm - 4.00pm Sunday 22nd April Camberwell Old Cemetery
Meet 2.00pm at the Main Entrance Gates, Forest Hill Road SE22 0RR
Southwark Council plans to clear our ten acres of beautiful woods full of bees and butterflies, to sell inner city burial plots.
Our trees have value beyond money. But these ten acres of woods are also worth millions in free health benefits and services, year after year.
Southwark Council has removed the Woodland Tree Preservation Order - now as many as 95% of trees are doomed
Help us count these trees to help make the wood declared a Nature Reserve.
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Devastating for nature AND heritage
Memorials destroyed in Camberwell New Cemetery for Southwark massive grave reuse project. September 2017. Below, two acres of graves and trees removed in Camberwell Old Cemetery 2017.