Private Eye's latest issue exposes the scandal of Southwark's Camberwell Cemeteries.
David Ziggy Greene’s Scene and Heard tells how cemetery owners across the UK are destroying history and nature for profit.
Southwark Council is cutting down inner city woods to get at old graves. They are mounding over public or paupers’ graves to sell as 'new' burial plots. Southwark next wants to dig up all private graves over 75 years old.
Southwark are not telling buyers these plots are over the dead – unsuitable for many because of faith or personal wish.
Labour Councillor Ian Wingfield steered through Southwark's Thatcherite Heygate Estate sell-off. He is now in charge of plans to dig up thousands of Londoners to sell off their graves to new private buyers - social cleansing even in death.
11,000 are calling Southwark to stop the destruction. But burial is a multi-billion pound industry and Southwark is the test case.
With acres of inner city woods, graves, history and nature already destroyed and acres more to go, we are grateful for Private Eye's coverage of what appears a Southwark scandal but is in fact a national issue.
All UK cemeteries are at risk. When will Southwark leave our beautiful old cemeteries to Rest In Peace?
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In a nutshell:
Trees, woods and green spaces too valuable to be used for burial plots - we need more not less, for health and well-being and climate change adaptation; Burial over the dead not an option for many - and discriminates against many residents' burial needs. Plot buyers are not being told; the history and heritage of those buried and their families must be respected and preserved; fair burial provision is already available at a fraction of the environmental, financial and social cost.
Save our woods and graves and make them Memorial Park Nature Reserves, with respect for the dead and woods and trees for the living.