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Who is stealing London’s cemeteries? Robbing graves and nature for innercity burial

27 March 2017

Last Friday, Council contractors came back to fell all remaining trees in Area Z Underhill Road Wood in Camberwell Old Cemetery – a Grade 1 SINC in East Dulwich.

These two acres of woods and memorials are being destroyed in the latest inner city burial land grab in Southwark’s cemeteries.

A law passed in 2007 allows London cemetery owners including Councils to apply for permission to dig up the dead to sell off the plots as ‘new’.  

People have had their right to burial in perpetuity taken away.

Right now, Southwark is clearing inner city woods to mound over the dead. This is to buy time while they prepare to dig up the dead – the Council’s aim since 2012.

Southwark is stealing the nature and heritage of the dead – and the living – for profit.

The price is the uglification of our innercity cemetery woods and history and the loss of the immense value of nature to our city.

This is a London-wide issue. Every London cemetery is at risk.

Will Londoners realise what is being lost in the cemeteries, before it is too late to save it?

Underhill Road Wood
Underhill Road Wood

Before and after – the destruction for innercity burial

Area Z: Underhill Road Wood Camberwell Old Cemetery

Area D1: The Glade on One Tree Hill, Camberwell New Cemetery

Area F: Woodvale Meadows, Camberwell Old Cemetery

Area B: Now and coming, Honor Oak Nature Corridor, Camberwell New Cemetery

destruction for innercity burial
Underhill Road Wood