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old graves surrounded by grass new graves by gravel in southgate cemeteryOld graves in Southgate Cemetery (top) and gravestones in the newly developed part of the cemetery (bottom)

A Southgate resident who is unhappy about the appearance of a newly developed part of Southgate Cemetery has started an online petition asking Enfield Council to take steps to preserve the cemetery's green and biodiverse character and to plant greenery in the new part to bring its appearance into line with older sections.

Chris Bushill was visiting relatives' graves at the cemetery in Waterfall Road when he first saw the new area, which he says "appals" him. He would like as many local people as possible to sign his petition, either online or on paper, before he presents it to the council.

PGC invited Enfield Council to comment, but no response has been received.

Enfield Council – No more despoiling of Southgate Cemetery

Chris Bushill started this petition to London Borough of Enfield

Southgate Cemetery is a tranquil place of peace and beauty and a haven for wildlife. The recent development of the cemetery is totally out of keeping with this nature. If allowed to be replicated it would destroy the sylvan nature of the cemetery.

We call on Enfield Council to declare the cemetery a local conservation area and to commit that any future development will respect the nature of the existing cemetery and enhance rather than detract from the ecological significance and biodiversity of the cemetery.

We also call upon the council to immediately prepare a plan to ‘green’ the recent development by introducing suitable planting to, as far as possible, match the existing cemetery.

Sign the online petition

Download a paper copy

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