The call to make Camberwell Old and New Cemeteries nature reserves like Nunhead Cemetery met with overwhelming support at Saturday’s Nunhead Cemetery Open Day.
On a day of sunshine and showers, 712 people - the majority from Southwark - added their support to the petition calling the Council to stop its horrific project and protect the trees and graves of their other two cemeteries.
The petition which has now topped 14,000 (10,000+ online and 4,000+ on paper) asks:
“We petition the London Borough of Southwark to stop destroying trees, open spaces and graves in Camberwell Old and New Cemeteries and make the cemeteries nature reserves.”
Southwark Council is mounding over tens of thousands of graves, and next plans to dig up thousands of dead for burial plots. Acres of trees are in Southwark’s way.
Two acres of woods have already been cut down and hundreds of memorials removed. The war graves of WW1 and WW2 soldiers are being developed over.
Southwark underestimated the level of opposition to making the Camberwell Cemeteries the national test case for the ‘re-use and reclamation’ of graves.
So Southwark is ignoring residents. It has not even consulted families over plans agreed in 2012 to dig up thousands of graves.
At Nunhead Cemetery Open Day, people signing the petition expressed shock, disgust and horror. The majority of petitioners lived locally and many have friends and relatives buried in the cemeteries.
The campaign to save the Camberwell Cemeteries now has over 14,000 signatures, as people discover what developer Southwark is up to.
Harriet Harman is running again in the cemeteries’ constituency of Camberwell and Peckham. But in over two years Ms Harman has refused to meet with cemetery campaigners, and Southwark has refused to cancel plans to mound over and dig up the dead.
Parts of Camberwell Old and New Cemeteries are as beautiful and as historic as Nunhead Cemetery and need to be protected from Southwark’s rapacious burial development.
Overwhelming support for the campaign from most residents is yet another reason why Southwark Council must stop its destruction of nature and history and make the Camberwell Cemeteries nature reserves – like Nunhead Cemetery.
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More than 700 people - mostly locals - add their name to the call to protect the woods, graves and green spaces of the Camberwell Cemeteries as nature reserves.