Dear Friends of Southwark Woods,
Urgent: Will you write to save the woods and graves?
Southwark Council cemetery strategy proposes destroying acres of woods and digging up or mounding over thousands of public and private graves at Camberwell Old and New Cemeteries.
The plans currently before the Diocese of Southwark are only the first phase of a massive destruction replacing the history, woods and graves of the Cemeteries with NCP Car Park style burial.
Diocesan Chancellor Philip Petchey has the power to approve or reject any plans in consecrated areas based on Southwark’s cemetery strategy.
We are asking you to write to him, by hard copy if possible:
Please tell him you oppose Southwark Council's cemetery strategy
Please tell him you don’t want the trees cut down, that we need these acres of woods and trees
Please tell him you want the graves protected and not dug up for new burial plots
Please tell him you want the Cemeteries saved and declared 100 acres of Nature Reserves with respect for the hundreds of thousands of Londoners laid to rest in peace there in perpetuity
Also add anything personal you can think of - if you have a relative buried there or that you take your children for walks in the woods - that would be great.
Finally, please let us know you have written.
Time is of the essence. Here’s the address:
Mr Philip Petchey
Chancellor of the Diocese of Southwark
Francis Taylor Building, Inner Temple
London EC4Y 7BY
Southwark Council Leader Peter John: Southwark Council HQ 160 Tooley Street London SE1 2QH
Letter is best but if you email please copy us in:
Thank you as always for your amazing support.
for Save Southwark Woods
Not-so-Common Blue photographed in Southwark Woods by Bobbie Carnegie
www.SaveSouthwarkWoods.org.uk | firstname.lastname@example.org | @southwarkwoods | Facebook Page Save Southwark Woods
In your letter please include:
- Your name, address and postcode
- If you are in the Diocese of Southwark which is all of south London including Croydon, Kingston and Woolwich
- What capacity you are writing in (any official/professional capacity you can represent, doctor, lawyer, artist, teacher, tree surgeon, local resident etc)
- The date
Over 300 residents turned out for the 100 Acre Wood March
'The Angel of Camberwell Old Cemetery'