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All UK cemeteries are at risk - woods, graves, history, nature Councils want to dig up all graves to sell off as 'new' burial plots. This video tells the story.

WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?

5th May 2017

 

SOUTHWARK IS TRYING TO FELL 10 ACRES WOODS  WITHOUT A WOODLAND MANAGEMENT PLAN, CONSULTATION OR CHURCH PERMISSION 

Southwark wants to start felling Grade 1 SINC woods Areas J, K and L, calling it 'woodland management' to try to avoid legal planning duties. Read on... 

 

ONE TREE HILL GLADE IN CAMBERWELL NEW CEMETERY (Area D1) cut down in nesting season breaking promises to London Wildlilfe Trust and the public.

 

20 MORE TREES CUT DOWN IN UNDERHILL ROAD WOOD CAMBERWELL OLD CEMETERY (Area Z): 20 trees not counted on the planning application cut down on consecrated land.

 

NURSERY SITE CAMBERWELL NEW CEMETERY (Area B): Application to dig up three MORE acres of Honor Oak Nature Corridor for burial Please Object...

 

FINAL HORRIFIC GOAL: All current actions are to buy time while Southwark applies to Parliament to dig up and sell off thousands of graves as 'new' burial plots - the wholesale destruction of the Camberwell Cemeteries.

 

We call on Southwark Councillors to save the Camberwell Cemeteries with respect for the dead and invaluable inner city woods, nature and green spaces for the living.

www.SaveSouthwarkWoods.org.uk    |    savesouthwarkwoods@gmail.com    |    @southwarkwoods    |    Facebook Page Save Southwark Woods

SOUTHWARK COUNCIL DID NOT CONTACT THE COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION BEFORE STARTING THE LARGEST CEMETERY REDEVELOPMENT IN BRITISH HISTORY Read here...

 

Email the CWGC to tell them to stop Southwark's plans now, consult the families and let the graves, woods and green spaces rest in peace - the perfect memorial: media@cwgc.org

Beautiful Camberwell Cemeteries - Southwark Woods: John Edwards @aerialuas

THE CEMETERY SELL-OFF SCANDAL

A 2007 law allowed London cemetery owners to apply to dig up the dead and resell their graves as 'new' burial plots. It is not an automatic right and families must be consulted. In 2012, Southwark adopted the largest grave 'reuse and reclamation' plan in British history - and began developing without consulting families, or even the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Southwark is developing over thousands of graves including dozens of CWGC WW1 and WW2 graves and felling over two acres of woods for 'new' burial plots - to buy time while applying to dig up graves, the wholesale destruction of Camberwell Old and New Cemeteries. All UK cemeteries are at risk. We're fighting to save our cemeteries as inner-city nature reserves with respect for the dead and woods and nature for the living.

 

NEXT FOCC SSW Meeting

7.30pm Tuesday 23rd May 2017

We meet in the back of the Herne Tavern at 2 Forest Hill Road SE22 0RR

All welcome

 

FAMILIES EVENT

2.00pm Sunday 25th June 2017

Meet Camberwell New Cemetery Gates

Event info...

Background

 

The Camberwell Cemeteries are full and maintenance costs money.

 

Southwark could make the Camberwell Cemeteries nature reserves, apply for grants and involve the community in their management.

 

Instead, Southwark is trying to make money clearing acres of woods to mound over graves and sell 'new' burial plots over the dead.

 

Southwark pretends this is 'local burial for local people' - but up to half of residents needing burial are illegally excluded by faith.

 

In 2007, local MP Harriet Harman championed a law for 75 year old graves to be dug up for resale.

 

In 2012, Southwark decided to dig up graves - without consulting families.

 

Since 2013, Southwark has been destroying SINC cemetery woods and obliterating thousands of poor graves tto sell 'new' burial plots.

 

This is to buy time while Southwark applies for permission to dig up thousands of private graves.

 

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

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Why do over 12,000 people object to Southwark's plans?

 

•  Acres of rare, valuable inner city woods, nature and graves on Metropolitan Open Land bring beauty, health and wellbeing to tens of thousands of people

 

•  Southwark has hidden its horrific plans to dig up the dead

 

•  Families have not been consulted

 

•  Felling acres of woods increases air pollution and risk of flooding

 

•  Southwark's Burial Service practices religious discrimination - excludes at least 30% of residents needing burial by faith

 

•  Multifaith leaders have just told Southwark Burial Councillor Ian Wingfield and senior officers at Cemetery Stakeholder meeting that Southwark does not provide for most Muslim residents' burials - more than 30% of Southwark's burial demand who have to go to out-of-borough private cemeteries

 

•  Financial secrecy despite FOIs - non-statutory burial gets blank cheque while statutory services are slashed

 

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

 

•  Southwark Council could invest in burial land at nearby cemeteries for all faiths - so no 'out-of-borough' cost to residents

Bones Dug up by Council in Camberwell Old Cemetery

Human remains dug up in 2008

Photo: South London Press

David Rose Telegraph

LATEST NEWS 

 

Names of missing 131 WW1 soldiers released by cemetery campaigners

 

More than 700 in one day call Southwark to make the Camberwell Cemeteries nature reserves. Will they listen?

 

Church suggests CWGC need not erect headstones for Southwark's WW1 soldiers

 

Southwark doesn't care about WW1 and WW2 graves - didn't contact CWGC to check before starting massive cemetery redevelopment - families not consulted - plans drive access roads over soldiers' graves

 

Fury as families not consulted on having loved ones dug up for new burial plots

 

Southwark refuses to act on religious discrimination - FOCC demands inquiry

 

Burial Councillor accuses stakeholder group of lying - group files formal complaint

 

Buzzfeed: “London Councils Are Selling Private Burial Plots On Paupers' Graves”

 

Southwark trying to dodge Church legal permission to fell on consecrated ground 

 

Southwark hid 42 soldiers' War Graves from public planning application 

 

FOCC SSW publishes the questions Southwark refuses to answer

 

Church says no need to put headstones on 48 WW1 soldiers' war graves

 

Southwark's Burial Service discriminates against most Muslim and Jewish residents

 

Southwark felling in nesting season breaks promises to London Wildlife Trust + public

 

‘Local burial for local people’ to be sold out of borough to anyone who can pay

 

RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE

 

• "Uproar of local people as Church of England supports mounding over and digging up local people's graves" South London Press 

 

• "War graves lost as court gives council permission to bury civilians on top of WW1 soldiers" Daily Telegraph 

Poor Graves and Cut Trees (898 x 585)

The final resting place for tens of thousands of people including war heroes? Southwark Council wants to diig it up to sell 'new' burial plots over their remains. Help us save their graves and the natural beauty that envelopes them.

Stop cemetery owners felling woods, digging up the dead and selling off graves

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Not Nunhead or Highgate but Camberwell Old Cemetery!

Camberwell Old Cemetery glade due to be felled for

Two acres of Grade 1 SINC woods and memorials cleared for 'new' burial plots over thousands of graves including 48 CWGC WW1 and WW2 graves.

Read The Telegraph article...

"London Councils Are Selling Private Burial Plots On Paupers' Graves."

Read the Buzzfeed article...