we need to find new solutions for a changing city…




As London’s housing crisis puts ever-greater pressure on scarce building land, our access to open space continues to shrink.  However we also know that adequate green open space is essential to our health, the environment and to mitigate the effects of climate change.

At the same time, the horticulture and landscape industries which are best placed to tackle this problem are facing an acute skills shortage.  Just when they’re most needed, these sectors are suffering from chronic under-investment and are struggling to attract young people to enter the profession.  Sayes Court is the ideal place to address these issues.



Sayes Court has inspired some of the greatest ideas in landscape history


Ideas which have shaped our parks, countryside and cities for nearly four centuries.  From John Evelyn’s Sylva, the bestselling treatise on forest trees, to the founding of the National Trust, this small piece of land has had a profound influence on our national love affair with gardens and open space.

Now in the 21st Century, Sayes Court finds itself on the corner of one of the biggest development sites in London at Convoys Wharf : the garden is uniquely placed to address two of the biggest challenges facing our cities.

How can local identity create a genuine sense of place and help these developments to form a valuable part of our community, and what role can urban landscape and horticulture play in

making our cities happy, healthy places to live for the future