National Trust 125
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Happy 125th Birthday National Trust

We've teamed up with the National Trust and Lewisham Council to bring more trees to the borough starting right here in Deptford.
Today, 12th January 2020, the National Trust is 125 years old. It has its origins here in Deptford and also has connections with the Evelyn family.

Over the last year or so we have been working with the trust to celebrate both their birthday and John Evelyn's 400th anniversary.

We are pleased to announce that on Saturday 29th February the trust will be planting trees in Sayes Court Park and revealing a remodelling of the rose bed in the centre of the park. Join us to leap into spring and celebrate all things National Trust, John Evelyn and Deptford. Further details will be available soon.

In addition the trust has been working with parks groups across Lewisham and will be planting 125 trees around the borough.

Great news for our environment.

We will share more about this exciting collaboration over the coming weeks.

Octavia Hill 

"We all want quiet. We all want beauty … we all need space. Unless we have it, we cannot reach that sense of quiet in which whispers of better things come to us gently." - Octavia Hill
125 years ago on January 12th, 1895 Octavia Hill co-founded the National Trust. Hill campaigned for better public green space and housing. Hill worked in many of Victorian London's poorest neighbourhoods, including Deptford. She campaigned for publicly accessible green space, cleaner air and social housing.
Octavia Hill was one of the three founders of the National Trust. In 1884 WJ Evelyn suggested to Octavia Hill that the land at Sayes Court the should become publicly owned with the manor house as a museum. There was was no organisation with the necessary legal powers to hold property for the nation.
It took ten years for the National Trust to be properly constituted on January 12th 1895. By then the opportunity to take ownership of Sayes Court had passed. 2020 is the 125th anniversary of the National Trust. DeptfordFolk are pleased to be working with The National Trust as part of their 125th anniversary celebrations.

John Evelyn: born 31st October 1620

John Evelyn was born on October 31st 1620 in Wotton. He later moved to Sayes Court, Deptford with his wife Mary Evelyn (née Brown). John Evelyn wrote about Trees (Sylva 1664), Air Quality (Fumifugium 1661) and a range of other topics. He is best known for his diaries which, alongside those of his good friend Samuel Pepys, inform us of life in London in the 17th Century. Evelyn kept a Garden at Sayes Court. If you're interested in learning more check out the London's Lost Garden blog written by a resident of the modern day Evelyn Ward.
In 2020 DeptfordFolk are celebrating Evelyn400 and NT125 and their links to Deptford, publicly accessible green space, trees and air quality. 
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