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About Us

The Friends of Streatham Cemetery was set up in 2009. At that time, the Broadwater Gate had been damaged and was permanently chained shut. The eastern chapel was derelict with a broken roof and had an abandoned vehicle inside. Many Victorian headstones had fallen over or been broken. The cemetery had become a forgotten and hidden place and, with so few visitors, did not feel particularly safe.

More encouragingly, nature thrived with many nesting birds and an ever changing carpet of wild flowers and grasses to be seen. The Friends hoped to restore pedestrian access to the cemetery and increase biodiversity to make the cemetery a more attractive place for both people and wildlife to enjoy.

Working with Lambeth Council who own the site, initial successes were planting fruit trees and constructing an apiary at the highest point in the cemetery. Honeybees have been kept here since Spring 2011.

Plans for a community orchard had to be balanced with the ambitions of a working cemetery where space is now very limited but notable improvements have been the repair of Broadwater Gate and the once derelict eastern chapel, now an office for Lambeth Bereavement Services.

Information boards about history and wildlife were unveiled in 2019.

The recent ‘lockdowns’ of the Covid pandemic saw the cemetery regularly used and enjoyed by the community. The popularity and appreciation of the cemetery now feels assured.

The Friends are continuing to celebrate the nature and history of the cemetery as well planting bulbs and improving the Broadwater Gate entrance. Look at the What’s On section for the latest events. A continuing ambition is to see the adjacent sites of Springfield Hospital and Fishponds Playing Field connected with the cemetery to form a lengthy ‘green lane’ for further travel and enjoyment.

Forever Fishponds

A local group working to make the neighbouring site of Fishponds Playing Fields a flourishing green community space in the heart of Tooting

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Geoff Simmons and the Mayor of Wandsworth unveil an information board about Streatham Cemetery in July 2019.
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One day we hope to see a ‘green lane’ linking Streatham Cemetery to the adjacent green spaces of Springfield Hospital and Fishponds Field.

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