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Sayes Court has inspired some of the greatest ideas in British 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.

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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