There are many reasons to save the Camberwell Cemeteries and make them nature reserves like Nunhead and Highgate Cemeteries:
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.
In April 2017, Southwark's Cemetery Strategy Stakeholder Group voted unanimously:
1) No further felling in Camberwell Old Cemetery
2) Southwark to stop development and prepare Conservation Management Plans for both cemeteries with community groups as required.
Meeting Chair Cllr Ian Wingfield bizarrely - and entirely undemocratically - stated the community's vote was not to be minuted.
We recorded the meeting, a copy of the audio recording is available on request:
Camberwell Old Cemetery
The woods are on consecrated ground.
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.
One rule for the rich and another for Southwark's poor - and no regard for nature.
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Stop the chainsawing of woods in the Camberwell Cemeteries
The resting places of over 48,000 poor, including 48 WW1 and WW2 service personnel in Commonwealth War Graves, are cleared to sell 'new' burial plots over their graves.
Two acres of inner London woods felled in Camberwell Old Cemetery February 2016. Ten acres of Grade 1 SINC woods still planned for the chop. Dozens of trees cut down on the side historic One Tree Hill. Photo: March 2016 during bird nesting season.
Southwark Council is burying over the dead and wants to dig up thousands of graves for new burial plots - with devastating consequences for nature and heritage. Acres of woods and graves have alrady been lost. But acres remain to be saved.
Stop Southwark bulldozing our cemeteries. Save them as nature reserves.
Almost three acres of Metropolitan Open Land being stripped of vegetation to create row upon row grave space steps from Honor Oak Park station in inner London. The 1000 graves will be used up in as little as four years.
SOUTHWARK CALLS IT WOODLANDS BEFORE THEY DECIDED THEY NEEDED TO SELL OFF THE LAND FOR BURIAL PLOTS:
This is how Southwark Council does inner London burial: