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London's Southwark Council Leader Cllr Peter John
Image courtesy of the Daily Mail
Yet Southwark Council are right now destroying ACRES of these woods and thousands of old graves for inner city burial.
Woods that the New York Times says to visit - even if you have only 36 hours in South East London.
Already TWO ACRES on South London’s Green Chain Walk have been destroyed. 10 MORE ACRES of woods - named Underhill Road Wood by locals - in Camberwell Old Cemetery are next, then to be cleared of century-old headstones.
Imagine it would be like destroying Highgate Cemetery?
The Times says:
“With residents like Karl Marx, north London’s Highgate Cemetery is the city’s most famous. But Nunhead Cemetery in southeast London, an all-but-elvish realm where dense woods have grown up around the graves, and signs warn of the dangers of vine-clad stone crosses and monuments tilting under the weight of the ages, is the most atmospheric.”
Camberwell Old and New Cemeteries - with woods and old graves like Highgate and Nunhead Cemeteries - are being destroyed as we speak.
The beautiful disappearing woods and graves of the Camberwell Cemeteries are one of the reasons many people come to Southwark.
“The Green Chain Walk, a well-signed pedestrian route across south London, takes you from Nunhead Cemetery to One Tree Hill (where Queen Elizabeth I is said to have rested).”
Underhill Road Wood, Camberwell Old Cemetery, on the South London Green Chain Walk: TWO ACRES FELLED, 10 MORE ACRES ARE NEXT
Spring in Underhill Road Wood, Camberwell Old Cemetery - planned for the chop by Southwark Council