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London park sets up crowdfunding page with Mayor’s backing

A London park is being backed by the Mayor of London as it set up a crowdfunding page to “reinvigorate” its history.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has recently pledged to support Sayes Court Garden through his Crowdfund London initiative. He awarded the project £20,000 in partnership with London-based civic crowdfunding website Spacehive.

The project is crowdfunding towards starting a series of workshops and events in the park, aimed at engaging the wider community in the garden and exploring how its history can play a part in the future of this neighbourhood.

Future plans include a new garden and centre for urban horticulture developed on the site of Convoys Wharf as a community asset.

The Deptford space dates back to 1653 when diarist and horticulturist John Evelyn first laid out his gardens as an experimental testing-ground, exploring ideas such as sustainability, climate change, air pollution and vegetarianism.

Roo Angell, local resident and co-founder of Sayes Court Garden C.I.C., said: “We’re really excited about the potential of crowdfunding, as another way that communities and organisations can come together to have their own say in the future of this very precious place.

“There’s been an amazing response so far, and even the smallest contributions can make a huge difference in helping to show the larger funders that this is what the community wants to see.”

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