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Free Tours • Easter Monday • 17th April
11am-12pm Camberwell Old Cemetery
Meet: Forest Hill Road Gates London SE22 0RU
2pm-3pm Camberwell New Cemetery
Meet: Brenchley Gardens Gates London SE23 3RD
Reserve your free place, or just turn up:
Celebrate life after death amongst the beautiful, living woods and old graves of the Camberwell Cemeteries that so inspired William Blake and others.
See Southwark Council's destruction - felling acres of woods and mounding over ten of thousands of people already buried here to sell graves over their dead bodies.
Hear about Southwark's grim plans to dig up all private graves, and sell them off as 'new' burial plots over their remains.
We will be walking through acres of beautiful native woods that Southwark intends to cut down next - a huge waste of nature and beauty - for inner city burial plots of all things.
Visit the site on One Tree Hill where the 60-foot Poplar and ten native English Oaks have just been felled in nesting season for the sake of more inner city burial.
Visit these living libraries of social history - from the graves of Frederick John Horniman, founder of the Horniman Museum, to two Victoria Cross recipients and the War Memorial in the Old Cemetery, Forest Hill Road. See through the development fences to where 48 WW1 and possibly WW2 soldiers in war graves lie about to be mounded over.
Climb the part of One Tree Hill in Camberwell New Cemetery, Brenchley Gardens, for the best view of London according to Sir John Betjeman.
Wonderful veteran Oaks and Hawthorns, graves and memorials in the woods, glades and meadows, thronging with wildlife including bats, stag beetles, owls, butterflies, dragonflies and more.
Come and celebrate spring this Easter Monday - new life after death amongst the woods and nature, the memorials and history of these beautiful South London havens - before Southwark Council destroys them.