Rescue adds its voice to concern over damaging Olympic proposals for Greenwich Park

Rescue is backing a campaign led by NOGOE – No to Greenwich Olympic Equestrian Events to ensure that The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) fully considers the archaeological implications of the planned Olympic Equestrian events in Greenwich Park.

Greenwich Park is an area of intense archaeological interest, within the World Heritage Site.

A Roman temple complex was discovered in 1902 on a mound in the Park by the then Superintendant, A D Webster and the noted Blackheath antiquary, Herbert Jones. Further excavations led by Harvey Sheldon in 1978 – following the felling of Elms on the mound – and in 1999, by Time-Team, for their Millennium series, suggest that the building was part of a temple complex.

The park also contains a Saxon barrow cemtery.

The Royal park is of 15th-century origin, laid out in the 1660s, with continued development until the 20th century and contains some unrivalled garden features, such as the parterre garden designed by Andre Le Notre.

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