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Save Southwark Woods has heard from council workers that Southwark Council may be about to start cutting down trees at Camberwell New Cemetery on historic One Tree Hill, South London.
The Council plans to cut down at least 22 trees, including at least 8 English oaks and possibly many more, for less than nine months of burial space. The impact on the hill’s wooded ridgeline will be visible to all.
Southwark Council requires permission from the Diocese for any development on this site as it is consecrated ground.
But the Diocese of Southwark has confirmed to campaigners and community members that the Council has not yet applied for faculty (planning permission) to the Church. More than 400 residents have also objected individually to the Church against the destruction.
Southwark’s Councillors must realise how important trees are to the health and future of Londoners. The recent London iTree report by the Forestry Commission has valued London’s trees at £6.1Bn to the polluted capital in free ecosystem services – cleaning the air, managing flooding from rains such as those occurring across the country, and cooling neighbourhoods in hot summers.
Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London 2016 Sadiq Khan has pledged to plant 2 million trees for London if elected mayor.
But Labour-led Southwark Council is about to cut down hundreds of existing trees and dig up acres of woodland at Southwark Woods for burial space - against the wishes of over 10,000 people via online and paper petitions to Save Southwark Woods.
As people demonstrate for climate change and nature this weekend at the Paris COP21, the Southwark Woods Festival of Lights will show Southwark Council and the Diocese of Southwark how much Londoners love and need our trees.
Residents will take lanterns and musical instruments and walk through Camberwell New Cemetery to 'Area D1' to be felled up on historic One Tree Hill. We will sing to the song thrushes, owls, wrens, robins and firecrests that live in these woods – and for the trees that give life to London.
For further information please contact:
Save Southwark Woods
T: 07731 304 966
Southwark Woods Festival of Lights
Sing for the Trees!
3.00pm - 4.30pm Sunday 13th December
Camberwell New Cemetery Brenchley Gardens London SE23 3RD
Meet 3.00pm Camberwell New Cemetery Gates on Brenchley Gardens SE23 3RD and walk to the area to be felled in the New Cemetery on historic One Tree Hill.
Bring lanterns, musical instruments and sturdy footwear. Song sheets will be provided or bring your own song. We will sing to the song thrushes, owls, wrens, robins and firecrests that live in these woods – and for the trees that give life to London.
Southwark Council to fell trees on One Tree Hill?
This Sunday: Southwark Woods Festival of Lights
11th December 2015
The beautiful woods of One Tree Hill in Camberwell New Cemetery - with one of the best views of London