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Fighting to save our cemeteries from grave 're-use', deforestation and corruption

and make them Memorial Park Nature Reserves

Beautiful Southwark Woods, Camberwell Cemeteries by John Edwards @aerialuas


Friends of Camberwell Cemeteries: The Save Southwark Woods campaign



Preserving the graves, memorials, woods, meadows, playing fields, allotments, history and heritage of the Camberwell Cemeteries - with respect for the dead, and woods, history and nature for the living.

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Camberwell Old Cemetery

Woodvale or Forest Hill Cemetery

Forest Hill Road London SE22 0RU

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Camberwell New Cemetery

Brenchley Gardens or Honor Oak Cemetery

Brenchley Gardens London SE23 3RD

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Contact the Friends of Camberwell Cemeteries

07731 304 966


What is Southwark doing?


The Camberwell Cemeteries are full.


In 2007, laws changed allowing graves over 75 years old to be dug up for resale - if residents and families agreed. 


In 2012, Southwark decided to 're-use' graves - without asking families.


Now 12 acres of inner city woods - thousands of trees - are to be cut down to sell 'new' private burial plots over the graves of London's poor.


Next all old private graves are to be dug up for resale, destroying history, woods, nature and beauty - for inner city burial.    


All London and UK cemeteries, woods and graves are at risk - Southwark is the test case.

What is happening now?


In February, Southwark cut down two acres of Grade 1 SINC inner city woods, without Church permission and against huge public opposition.


Next, 60 trees on One Tree Hill and 10 more acres of woods in Camberwell Old Cemetery are to be felled.


Much is consecrated ground. Despite over 800 written objections Southwark Diocese have actively failed to protect 'God's Creation' or the graves. FOCC/SSW was a party to the Church hearing - until the judge said if we defended the trees we would get Southwark's legal costs!


Over 11,000 want the Camberwell Cemeteries made Memorial Park Nature Reserves. 

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Save the woods, graves and beauty of Britain's Cemeteries

Our inner city cemeteries are full. London Councils want to dig up acres of woods and graves to sell 'new' inner city burial plots.


This video tells the story and reveals the deforestation of Camberwell Old Cemetery by  Southwark Council. Now the history and nature of all UK cemeteries are at risk.


Over 11,000 want the Camberwell Cemeteries made Memorial Park Nature Reserves - with respect for the dead - and woods, graves, history and nature for the living.

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For info on how to get to the Camberwell Cemeteries, click on the photo for location map.


For info on the cemeteries, read on...

Southwark's own survey: 76% of residents say 'NO!' to using cemetery site for new inner city burial.


Southwark's survey report:


“The majority of respondents oppose the use of Area B for burial and instead would prefer the site to be developed into a green open space for community use."


Southwark have produced THREE NEW OPTIONS.


Have your say now by 31st October.

Here's how...


Residents say 'NO!': 76% of residents want these 3 acres in Honor Oak used for natural greenspace NOT burial plots





Inner city London  deforestation: 2 acres of woods felled by Southwark in February at Camberwell Old Cemetery.


History and nature of all UK cemeteries under threat: TEN ACRES of Grade 1 SINC woods awaiting Southwark chainsaws and diggers next

Why do 11,000 people object?


•  Woods and trees are the lungs of London - everyone knows we need more not less


•  Destroying graves and headstones erases our history and disrespects the dead


•  Families have not been consulted


•  No financial transparency - residents told to issue Freedom of Information requests


•  Felling acres of woods reduces air quality, flood protection and climate resilience


•  These woods and graves are common goods, public property and have enormous practical, environmental, social and economic value


•  Cheaper, fairer burial exists for all at cemeteries on the edge of the city