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We’re working with the National Trust to plant 125 new trees in the borough

To celebrate 125 years of the organisation, we’re working together to plant 125 trees across the borough and create a historic garden at Sayes Court.

Sayes Court had a key role in the formation of the National Trust. Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the National Trust, fought to save Sayes Court for the public in 1884. Octavia also led a campaigning to preserve Hilly Fields. Octavia’s belief in the right of public access and the importance of green space was visionary and her legacy is still felt today.

Cllr Sophie McGeevor, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “The work we are doing with the National Trust is very special. I can’t think of a better way of honouring Octavia Hill by creating a historic garden at Sayes Court as well as our tree planting programme.

“I am really excited to be working with the National Trust on this project. The historic garden at Sayes Court and tree planting will give residents an opportunity to enjoy the natural environment and educate future generations about the important role that Sayes Court had in the creation of the National Trust.

With a Climate Emergency investing in green spaces in urban areas like this is vital. The environmental and social benefits of green spaces like this cannot be underestimated.”

The tree planting project is part of a larger initiative by us and park user group Deptford Folk to plant 400 trees in 2020 to mark the 400 years since the birth of John Evelyn, the 17th century diarist who lived in the Sayes Court Estate and created its famous gardens.

Discussions are also taking place with the developer of Convoys Wharf, Hutchinson, about securing funding for the refurbishment of the playground in the park.

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