Save Southwark Woods from the walking dead

Death's march upon the realms of the living continues. First Southwark Council tried to turn playing fields into graveyard. Now, after that plan fell through, they're eyeing up the woodlands of Camberwell Cemeteries as a possible resting place for more dead people.

A group called Save Southwark Woods is campaigning against the plans and will meet the Council on February 11th to discuss it. They write:

This is your chance to tell the council what you think of their plans to destroy the woods, fell more than 30 mature trees and make way for more than 2000 new burial plots. Come and protest the destruction of Camberwell Old and New Cemetery Woods to Southwark council and demand they are made into Nature Reserves, like Nunhead. View the council's plans from 2.00pm and Public Meeting from 7.00pm-8.30pm - see you there!

Like Thomas Wilson's dream of a Pyramid of Death at the summit of Primrose Hill, this scheme is a bad idea. The dead will have to head out of inner London or do the decent thing and get cremated.

23 comments:

Headhunter said...

What a concept! Using a cemetery to bury people in! I agree though, it would be a shame to lose this urban woodland that has been allowed to develop. Must be very tough for inner London councils to find sufficient burial space though

terrencetrentderby said...

I always thought the cemetery on Brockley Road would make an excellent park and a nice link up between the various disparate high streets along that road.

terrencetrentderby said...

Everyone should state in their will they want to cremated and scattered, unless you have a selfish pharaoh-like complex to be remembered of course. In which case god doesn’t favour the selfish or their relatives.

Headhunter said...

Cremation is not environmentally friendly. I want to be jettisoned into the sea from a hot air balloon to feed the sharks...

terrencetrentderby said...

I want a large crypt style grave that dominates a prime piece of road fronted commercial land in Brockley, ideally on the high street. So riddled with restrictive covenants and deed restrictions that no one could ever build on it.
In discussions with Jay from Budgens and whoever owns the creepy Red House near the station.

Max Calò said...

I think the woodland burial with compostable coffin is the most environmentally friendly.

shed209 said...

They could probably leave a few hundred corpses propped up in all the bookies. Wouldn't look or smell out of place. Put the rest in the wetherspoons. Job's a goodun.

Headhunter said...

Good idea re the bookies. Not Wetherspoons though, I've actually developed a bit of a soft spot for a wee drink in the Wetherspoons...

Headhunter said...

Yeah but you have to find someone who owns some woodland who doesn't mind having you slowly decompose underneath it....

Headhunter said...

Just buy one of the new flats in Brockley. Some of them are about the size of a coffin. You could rest there for eternity....

Max Calò said...

I can't make promises about the smell but I'll be quiet.

Tamsin said...

The cheapest option is to leave your body to science to be cut up by medical students. And with even the lowest cost funeral setting your nearest and dearest back thousands an arrangement whereby someone respectfully collects you is not to dismissed lightly. And the charity that coordinates it all does have a nice non-denominational gathering at intervals to which said nearest and dearest of those corpses received in the past six months or whatever are invited by way of a "thank-you" and funeral replacement.

terrencetrentderby said...

Sounds awful. You will need your body and all your organs for the afterlife though?

Tamsin said...

Well, maybe, although the brains will have been hooked out through the nose and what if I get my canopic jars mixed up with somebody else's?

Realist said...

I can't see the problem. The woods aren't exactly attractive.

headhunter said...

Not so much about attractiveness though, I think it's value is as a kind of nature reserve

Brockley Nick said...

Quite. I just don't see why a single more square inch of inner London should be given over to cemetery space.

Realist said...

I think you will find that once the cadaver has served its medical purpose and is returned to the family for interment.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_donation
So many comments made on here without checking the facts.

Realist said...

As I understand it, it's not being given over to cemetery space but merely utilized for the purpose the land was originally purchased for.

Brockley Nick said...

Seems like an academic point. The woods are there now. Leave them be.

Realist said...

So you are opposed to all progress in the world. Everything should be left alone as it's there now. Give up all research and development because we've reached a point where nothing should change. I'm glad you're content with the state of the world.

Brockley Nick said...

Lolz! You think that is the logical implication of my position? You think graveyards represent the bleeding edge of a bright new future?

Headhunter said...

I have to say that's a big leap! We don't the grounds of a cemetery laid in the 19th/early 20th century which has been allowed to return to nature to be cultivated and suddenly we're the bloody Amish?

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