FOCC Header

Save nature in our cemeteries.


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.
    |    [email protected]    |    @southwarkwoods    |    Facebook Page Save Southwark Woods


Southwark Council's is destroying 12 acre Camberwell Old Cemetery Wood and more. November 3, 2018

Camberwell Old Cemetery Woods 2017 Area Z Trees cut in memorials


1. Aerial photo of wood after first cutting 2016. 2. Area Z before the cutting 2015. 3. Elephant trees cut down in Area Z 2016. 4. Trees cut down to clear headstones in Area Z 2016. 5. The former Grade 1 SINC woods now being prepared for new burial 2018. and 7. What new burial fields will look like.

Camberwell Old Cemetery Wood


Next Southwark intends to chainsaws acres more trees 'to progress projects' - burial plots  over tens of thousands of people buried beneath their roots.


Camberwell Old Cemetery is a Grade 1 Site of Importance for Nature Conservation on 30 acres of Metropolitan Open Land.


The London Wildlife Trust used to manage Camberwell Old Cemetery woods as a nature reserve. They worked with the Council to seal its fate.


In September 2015, Southwark Council removed the Woodland Level Tree Preservation Order which covered the whole cemetery. Now only around 5% of its trees are protected.Camberwell Old Cemetery

Meanwhile, in the Honor Oak Nature Corridor, Camberwell Old Cemetery:


Is burial plots the best use of inner London green space? 1. Honor Oak Nature Corridor land looking toward One Tree Hill in 2016. 2. Land today, awaiting burial. This is only five year's worth of plots. 2018. 5. And what the land will be like. This is how Southwark does burial.

Cemetery owner Southwark Council is cutting down inner London cemetery woods to develop new burial plots. They have the support of the London Wildlife Trust and the Diocese of Southwark, Church of England. Surely there is a better use for this land?


Acres of woods and graves have alrady been lost. But 12 acres remain to be saved here and 1000s of acres of cemetery woods across the UK


Stop Southwark bulldozing our cemeteries and save them as nature reserves.

IMG_20181016_164216630-1040x780 COC Area Z Devastation AREA F WOODVALE CAMBERWELL OLD CEMETERY 2013 DEVEL IMG_20170324_180313511 1 Cam-Old-Cemetery photo credit Grey Lipley

Meanwhile, in Camberwell New Cemetery


Camberwell New Cemetery


In October 2015, Southwark Council passed plans to fell up to 60 trees the part of Camberwell New Cemetery on One Tree Hill.


To sell less than 150 burial plots - 9 months burial - with access roads over poor or public graves to get to them.


In February 2017 these trees were felled, including oaks and the 60 foot healthy mature Poplar, 'in the way'.


In April 2017 Southwark Council passed plans to dig up 3 acres of invertebrate and nature-rich brownfield and wildflower meadow, against the results of their own community consultation.


Over 80% responded 'no burial on this site' and called for the area to be protected as a community nature space.


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.


In September 2017 Southwark started mass clearance of grave stones and memorials of the poor or public graves on One Tree Hill.