There are many reasons to save the Camberwell Cemeteries and make them nature reserves like Nunhead, Highgate and others.
These are 100 acres of nature and green space, including 10 (was 12) acres of woods, in polluted inner London.
Ecologists and community groups have recorded bats, reptiles, stag beetles, hedgehogs and many other species within the range of woodland, meadows, brownfield and other habitats.
Southwark has no Conservation Management Plans (CMPs) agreed for either cemetery, even though required by their own policies.
CMPs must be agreed with community groups, so would have blocked the Council's removal of the Woodland Tree Preservation Order and destruction of acres of woods and nature.
In April 2017, Southwark's Cemetery Strategy Stakeholder Group voted unanimously:
1) No further felling in Camberwell Old Cemetery
2) Southwark to stop development and prepare Conservation Management Plans for both cemeteries with community groups as required.
Meeting Chair Cllr Ian Wingfield bizarrely - and entirely undemocratically - stated the community's vote was not to be minuted.
We recorded the meeting, a copy of the audio recording is available on request:
The woods are on consecrated ground.
But Southwark ignored this and Options 2 and 3 for Woodland burial or Meadow burial - and went for the most sterile, crammed-in mown lawn burials just like all the other green space stolen from the Honor Oak Nature Corridor and Recreation Ground.
In July 2017, Southwark Council felled 40 trees 'in the way' of old graves' in Square 36 of the New Cemetery, claiming it was to protect old graves. But these are graves they plan to dig up and resell. The felling is preparation.
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Southwark Council's destruction of nature in the Camberwell Cemeteries
£2M of trees destroyed to make it easier to reuse graves. July 2017.
Two acres of inner London woods felled in Camberwell Old Cemetery February 2016. Above the fence line: Ten acres of Grade 1 SINC woods still planned for the chop.
Two acres of woods destroyed Camberwell Old Cemetery. February 2016.
Two acres of trees cut down over 48,000 graves including 48 WW1 and WW2 Commonwealth War Graves, to sell 'new' burial plots over their graves.
Still much to save. Above June 2015. Below July 2017.
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 alrady been lost. But acres remain to be saved.
Stop Southwark bulldozing our cemeteries. Save them as nature reserves.