We’ve got big plans here at Sayes Court and we’d love you to get involved! A park once three times the size, Sayes Court will soon reclaim this lost land and leap the fence into the Convoys Wharf development. Before that happens, Sayes Court Park will be the community-led testing ground where we imagine and plan what that future will look like. Together we'll transform this neglected park into a source of pride for Deptford and a destination for London. This legacy is an invitation to test, grow and transform a part of the city, making better places to live. Through collaborative workshops, events and a reinstated pavilion, Sayes Court will become a centre for the community once again. We have in principle support from Lewisham Council for our project but still need to secure formal permission that we can deliver our project in Sayes Court Park. In the unlikely event we are not able to secure permission, no money will be taken from backers.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Landscape plays an increasingly vital role in our growing cities, yet it’s under more pressure than ever before. This is a garden for everyone. Here at Sayes Court we have a test bed, a breathing space where we can investigate new ways to connect with our environment and each other. Ways to generate new economies from the land, using citizen science to empower communities and getting young people excited about engaging with their environment and believing in their power to change it. Twice lost and now twice saved, this is the chance for Sayes Court and Deptford to be at the forefront of discovery once again, where together we can grow an authentic vision for creating the city we want to live in. This is a partnership project between two existing local community groups, Sayes Court Garden CIC and Assembly SE8 - the team behind Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden. It will be a place where Deptford's strong community links can grow and flourish, and where new friendships will be nurtured.
Steps to get it done:
John Evelyn first created a garden here in 1653, pioneering ideas which changed the way we think about landscape in the city. Using trees to improve health and wellbeing in urban landscapes, Sayes Court also inspired the foundation of the National Trust to protect our open spaces for everyone, forever.
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Wow! It's been an incredible journey and now it's beginning to sink in, we wanted to say an enormous thank you to each of you for your really generous donations and support: you are part of a wonderful crowd and together you did it! You've given us an amazing opportunity to get started with growing an exciting future for Sayes Court, and we'll be keeping you updated with progress and all the fun we've got planned. We couldn't have done any of this without you, and we're really looking forward to welcoming lots of you there! With warmest thanks, from the team at Sayes Court
Join us this Saturday afternoon to help spread the Sayes Court word! We're expecting hundreds of visitors as part of London's Open House Weekend and need a few extra pairs of hands to help us show them the treasures of Sayes Court... We'll be there from 1-5pm this Saturday 16th September - if you would like to get involved, even if you only have an hour to spare, we'd love to hear from you and welcome you to the team! So get in touch and we'll send you some further information - with many thanks, Sayes Court
Firstly, thank you for your amazing support so far... Now it's time to get badgering your friends, family, colleagues and complete strangers: we have 11 days left to hit our target and we need your help! Thank you again for being part of this journey with us, and we're really looking forward to seeing you all here. Sayes Court
Looking forward to seeing lots of you this Saturday as part of your Open House weekend! There'll be lots to see and do including: 🎤 2PM – Talk from Roo Angell (Project Lead, and Sayes Court CIC Director) ************ 💶 Live pledging station on the day. > 💰https://www.spacehive.com/sayes-court ************ 👣 🍃 Discover the Sayes Court trail. 🍂 ************ Sign up to the friends of group. firstname.lastname@example.org ************ 🍁 Birthplace of the National Trust and home of John Evelyn FRS. Lost but now to be reborn in the heart of Deptford. ⚓
Oh wow. As you will have heard, Sayes Court had a big night last night! We just wanted to say an enormous thank you to each of you for your early support: your faith and generosity made all the difference in helping us tell the Mayor of London that this project deserved his backing - to the tune of £20,000!!! Plus £500 from Growing a Greener Britain and £200 from Bulb - thank you! This takes us 64% of the way towards our target, and now the pressure's on to reach our goal and secure this funding for Deptford! So here's a reminder for our party tomorrow, really hope to see as many of you there as possible so we can thank you in person, and don't forget to bring along those friends you've been badgering to join us on this journey! Thank you again xx https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sayes-court-the-future-of-the-garden-launch-party-tickets-36219961881