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URGENT: THE LONDON BOROUGH OF SOUTHWARK PLANS TO FELL 30+ MATURE TREES AND CLEAR WOODLAND FOR 2,000 GRAVES – SAVE THESE WOODLANDS - FOR NATURE, FOR PEOPLE AND FOR THE FUTURE!

 

 

Once it’s gone it’s gone. LB Southwark plans to fell 30+ mature trees to make way for 2,200 new graves at Camberwell Old and New Cemeteries and local residents are up in arms. After struggling for months to receive detailed information on the proposals, Save Southwark Woods has been formed to protest and to put forward alternative proposals.

 

Save Southwark Woods believes these woodlands MUST be declared Local Nature Reserves to be managed for ecology, for people and for the future.

 

These woods would make an ideal place for scattering ashes and for quiet contemplation in nature. To replace them with serried ranks of thousands of graves would be sacrilege. This land was purchased for graveyards by the Victorians in villages like Dulwich outside the city. There is no legal obligation for Southwark to provide burial space within the borough – indeed many boroughs provide burial on land outside their own boundaries.

 

London is a highly polluted city. Woodlands are the lungs of London - complex ecosystems, not a number of trees – that also manage surface water and provide a whole range of amenity benefits and services. Clearing the woods and replanting other trees do not make up for this loss.

 

These proposals are disastrous for the woodland ecosystem, for wildlife and for the people of London. Camberwell Old Cemetery is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) due to the range of recognised protected species its habitat provides – including bats, stag beetles and hedgehogs. Both cemeteries are part of the South London Green Chain Walk – a resource for all Londoners as well as visitors to the capital.

 

These plans contradict Southwark’s own Strategies on Biodiversity, Trees, Health, Green Space and Education, as well as the GLA’s Greenspace, Biodiversity and Green Infrastructure strategies.

 

An online petition has gathered over 2,000 signatures so far and paper signatures from Southwark residents are being collected to be presented at the Public Meeting with the council on 11th February. Southwark’s initial consultation was originally planned to take place over Christmas, with four days’ notice.

Camberwell Old Cemetery woods by Save Southwark Woods

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Save Southwark Woods!

Press Release 1

4th February 2015

CONTACT

 

For more information and images, contact campaign co-ordinators:

 

Blanche Cameron: becameron@hotmail.co.uk 07731 304 966

 

Anne Stanesby: stanesbyanne@gmail.com 07847 390 398

 

Or:

 

savesouthwarkwoods@gmail.com

After resident protest, Southwark have agreed to hold a Public Meeting for the public to respond to the plans:

 

PUBLIC MEETING

WEDNESDAY 11TH FEBRUARY

7.00pm – 8.30pm

HONOR OAK BAPTIST CHURCH 108 FOREST HILL ROAD LONDON SE22 0SG

 

With council proposals available to view and comment on from 2.00pm

 

PLEASE COME TO THE PUBLIC MEETING AND PROTEST THESE PROPOSALS