Our Mission: aims and objectives
- To promote the preservation, care and improvement of Streatham Cemetery as a burial ground and as a place of historical and ecological interest and beauty.
- To secure public access to, and enjoyment of, the Cemetery
- To encourage responsible and respectful use of the cemetery and its environs
- To conserve and improve the biodiversity of the Cemetery, its natural plant, animal and bird life.
- To speak and act on behalf of all who care for Streatham Cemetery including those who own a grave in the Cemetery or cherish the memory of one buried there.
- With the support of relevant organisations, to conserve the Cemetery chapel(s) by appropriate and reasonable schemes of repair. These structures to be rehabilitated for the benefit of present future generations by devising appropriate and responsible conservation-led approaches to repair and reuse.
- To work in a sustainable way using environmentally friendly materials and systems.
- Any work undertaken to the cemetery, its built structures and environs to be a teaching and re-skilling resource for children, students and people of all ages, in subjects such as building surveying, building conservation, biodiversity and the imaginative management of cemeteries.
- To encourage local involvement from individuals, groups, councillors and officers from both Lambeth and Wandsworth Council.
- To act as a mechanism for improved co-ordination, consultation, planning and participation within the area of the cemetery.
- To work with statutory and other bodies to influence plans and proposals for the cemetery or plans affecting the cemetery, its buildings and its setting.
- To ensure the views of the cemetery users are effectively represented to the local authority and other bodies.
- To liaise with Lambeth Council in working out and putting into effect plans for the future of the Cemetery.
- To forge links with individuals and groups in the locality and look for opportunities for partnership.
- To undertake initiatives and projects jointly with other local organisations
- To promote research into subjects directly connected to the objects of the Friends and to make publicly accessible the results of that research.
- To monitor planning developments in the area and comment where appropriate.
- To hold meetings, open days, educational workshops and exhibitions.
- To publish and distribute leaflets, posters, reports and literature.
- To make surveys and prepare maps and plans and collect information and advice.
- To raise funds to support the Friends Programme of activities.
- To do all such other things as are necessary for the attainment of the said aims.
While there are no immediate plans to breach the wall between the cemetery and Fishponds Playing Field, this local group is working hard to make the neighbouring site a flourishing green community space in the heart of Tooting. Much improved public access, regular fitness classes and an attractive wildlife area are successes to date. Visit the ffishponds Instagram pages to see what's happening.