Southwark Council wants to destroy beautiful wild woodlands at Camberwell Old and New Cemeteries, felling dozens of trees, clearing woodland and undergrowth, and excavating acres of old graves, to make way for over 4,800 burial plots.
Woodlands are the lungs of London. We want the cemeteries turned into local Nature Reserves, as with Nunhead Cemetery. Both cemeteries are part of the London Green Chain Walk and Camberwell Old Cemetery is a Grade 1 Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation. These wonderful woodlands are home to protected species, a wild tangle of trees and undergrowth, a haven of habitats and they are valuable to nature, to people and to the future.
The woodlands provide many valuable benefits locally, cleaning the air, absorbing and filtering storm water, keeping the neighbourhood cool in summer, and providing beautiful, natural places for our mental and physical well-being.
Save Southwark Woods formed in January 2015 to request Southwark create 100 acres of protected wildness with respect for the dead and their memorials, and woodland for the living.
On July 8th we will be presenting the petition and our case to the full Southwark Council Assembly.
Over 7,300 have already signed online and on paper – help make it 10,000 by July.
Please sign and help Save Southwark Woods – for nature, for people and for the future!
You can also email the London Borough of Southwark to protest the potential loss of this woodland which is a Grade 1 Site of Borough Importance: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com