John Evelyn garden project boosted by monument watch

A project aiming to create a garden where John Evelyn's once stood has been boosted after the plot was placed on the World Monuments Watch for 2014.

The Sayes Court Garden project, run by a community interest company (CIC) set up by two local residents, aims to create a garden and centre of horticulture innovation on the Deptford site.

The CIC wants to highlight the site's importance and develop the project alongside the proposed development of Convoys Wharf, which includes Sayes Court and the Royal Naval Dockyard.

A portion of the 19th century park still exists, but two-thirds, the manor house site and most of Evelyn's garden now lie in the Convoys Wharf development site.

Proposals include a dedicated building over the exposed archaeology of Sayes Court Manor.

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