The campaign to stop Southwark council embarking on the ‘the largest grave excavation’ and ‘reuse’ project in UK history’ has gathered a lot of attention.

The campaign to stop Southwark council embarking on the ‘the largest grave excavation’ and ‘reuse’ project in UK history’ has gathered a lot of attention.

Save Southwark Woods

In 2007, burial laws changed to allow graves over 75 years old be dug up for resale. 

In 2012, Southwark Council made this their Cemetery Strategy. But the Camberwell Cemeteries were excluded from the new law so the Council must apply to Parliament to amend the Act.

To buy time, and against huge public opposition, Southwark has started felling acres of woods and mounding over thousands of graves for a few years’ burial until they can start digging up the old graves.

Aims

To preserve the woods, meadows, playing fields, allotments, graves and history of Camberwell Old and New Cemeteries as Nature Reserves with respect for the dead and woods and green space for the living.

To find out more about the campaign you can access their website here.

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