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Keep Southwark Safe

Parks update - COVID-19

Our parks are all open as usual, but the following facilities are closed from 5 January, in line with the government’s new COVID-19 restrictions: all outdoor sports venues, including football, tennis and basketball courts; grass and astro-turf pitches, outdoor gyms and cricket nets.

Camberwell New Cemetery

Coronavirus (COVID-19) service update

From the 20 June, the grounds of Camberwell New Cemetery and Honor Oak Crematorium will be open to the public:

  • Monday to Friday from 4.30pm until 9pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 9pm

The cemetery and crematorium will be closed at all other times due to the number of funerals taking place, our current opening times will to help make the grounds safer for grieving families and friends at an incredibly difficult time.

The later closing times are in line with Southwark’s parks and open spaces during the emergency period, to give everyone additional time to visit safely while maintaining social distancing. You can find closing times for parks and open spaces throughout the year.

Nunhead and Camberwell Old Cemeteries are open to the public daily, but will be closed when funerals are taking place.

Guidance for visitors

In line with government guidance, we are opening cemeteries in Southwark where possible to allow those who have lost loved ones the opportunity to pay their respects. Please respect our cemeteries as places of reflection by following this guidance:

  • stay on the paths and not on lawns unless attending to a grave
  • do not enter wooded areas
  • maintain social distancing
  • cemeteries should only be used for exercise in line with national guidance (with people from your own house hold or up to six others whilst maintaining social distancing)
  • please keep all dogs on leads in our cemetery grounds following our public space protection order. Commercial dog walking is not allowed in cemeteries at this time
  • staff are focusing on maintaining a safe, quiet and respectful environment for grieving families during these difficult times. Abuse of our staff will not be tolerated
  • toilets and chapels remain closed, aside from funeral times. Memorial rooms and the Columbarium are closed at all times

The bereavement service offices located in Camberwell New Cemetery remain open for current funeral enquires by appointment only via the kiosk service, all other enquiries are via email or telephone 020 7525 5600.

Blue Badge visitors that require vehicle access is by appointment only. Please contact the Bereavement Services office 48 hours in advance to make arrangements for the gates to be opened.

Guidance for funerals

Information regarding funeral measures can be found in the link provided below, we are continually monitoring our risk assessment, government guidance, funeral professional body guidance and working with our neighboring authorities to ensure consistency and the provision of safe and dignified funeral services.


Brenchley Gardens, London, SE23 3RD
Entrances - Brenchley Gardens and Brockley Way

How to get there

Train - Crofton Park and Honor Oak Park
Bus -  Brockley Road: 122, 171, 172, P4, Brockley Way: 484, P2, P3, P4,  Brenchley Gardens: P12, Forest Hill Road: 63
Car - parking on the grounds is very limited; we suggest cars are parked on nearby residential roads

Facilities and features

Camberwell New Cemetery - home to Southwark's Bereavement Service office and the Honor Oak Crematorium

History of the cemetery

The cemetery was opened in 1927 and the Church of England section was consecrated by the Rt. Rev. Woodcock Hough the Lord Bishop of Woolwich. Honor Oak Crematorium is situated in the Cemetery and is notable for it's beautiful stained glass window. The building was designed by Aston Webb and completed in 1939.

Honor Oak crematorium garden of remembrance

See above for current opening times

How we use your data

Southwark Council uses your personal data to record details of Exclusive Right of Burial & Memorial Rights Grants under the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977 and applications for Cremation under the Cremation Regulations 2007 a statutory instrument of the Cremation Act 1902. We also record details of any leaseholder of memorial schemes operated for the duration of the lease to ensure that we are able to make contact with you regarding the future of your memorial. We do not need your permission to process your data and failure to provide this information will prevent us from providing services as they are a legal requirement.

Your personal information will only be used by the bereavement services team.  Your personal details on documents will be destroyed after 15 years and information recorded in registers will remain indefinite.

If you're concerned about how the council is using your data, contact our Data Protection Officer via or on 020 7525 5000.

More information about your rights is available on our website, or via the Information Commissioner.

Page last updated: 23 June 2020

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