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Once it’s gone it’s gone. LB Southwark plans to fell 30+ mature trees to make way for 2,200 new graves at Camberwell Old and New Cemeteries and local residents are up in arms. After struggling for months to receive detailed information on the proposals, Save Southwark Woods has been formed to protest and to put forward alternative proposals.
These woods would make an ideal place for scattering ashes and for quiet contemplation in nature. To replace them with serried ranks of thousands of graves would be sacrilege. This land was purchased for graveyards by the Victorians in villages like Dulwich outside the city. There is no legal obligation for Southwark to provide burial space within the borough – indeed many boroughs provide burial on land outside their own boundaries.
London is a highly polluted city. Woodlands are the lungs of London - complex ecosystems, not a number of trees – that also manage surface water and provide a whole range of amenity benefits and services. Clearing the woods and replanting other trees do not make up for this loss.
These proposals are disastrous for the woodland ecosystem, for wildlife and for the people of London. Camberwell Old Cemetery is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) due to the range of recognised protected species its habitat provides – including bats, stag beetles and hedgehogs. Both cemeteries are part of the South London Green Chain Walk – a resource for all Londoners as well as visitors to the capital.
An online petition has gathered over 2,000 signatures so far and paper signatures from Southwark residents are being collected to be presented at the Public Meeting with the council on 11th February. Southwark’s initial consultation was originally planned to take place over Christmas, with four days’ notice.
Camberwell Old Cemetery woods by Save Southwark Woods
Save Southwark Woods!
Press Release 1
4th February 2015
For more information and images, contact campaign co-ordinators:
Blanche Cameron: [email protected] 07731 304 966
Anne Stanesby: [email protected] 07847 390 398
After resident protest, Southwark have agreed to hold a Public Meeting for the public to respond to the plans:
WEDNESDAY 11TH FEBRUARY
7.00pm – 8.30pm
HONOR OAK BAPTIST CHURCH 108 FOREST HILL ROAD LONDON SE22 0SG
With council proposals available to view and comment on from 2.00pm
PLEASE COME TO THE PUBLIC MEETING AND PROTEST THESE PROPOSALS