Welcome to the Kearsney Parks website

Welcome to Kearsney Abbey & Russell Gardens

There's something for all the family at Russell Gardens and Kearsney Abbey - visitors already enjoy great days out at Kearsney Parks but we're looking to make the experience even better. We're restoring these two historic parks to create a unique heritage, community and event venue.

THANK YOU! To everyone who contributed to our Heritage Lottery Fund bid for the Kearsney Parks. We've secured a £3m investment for our restoration and improvement plans.

While the work is taking place, there is limited parking available on site. Please think about using public transport, cycling or walking to the parks. If you do drive, please think about the nearby residents. Please park considerately, and do not block emergency access routes. Thank you.

Kearsney Parks 2020 Calendar

The Kearsney Parks 2020 Calendar is now on sale! You can buy a copy online or in the mobile cafe in Kearsney Abbey.

De-culverting works 

Further works are underway in Kearsney Abbey on the south side of the lake. This is with a grant funded by the Environment Agency who want to improve the river environment for brown trout and other species.

We are uncovering (de-culverting) some sections of the river and making the riverside slopes more gradual. The work includes the removal of 7 trees along the existing culverts.

The work will create more areas of fast-flowing water over gravel which will provide more places for brown trout to spawn. It will also allow the river to flow more easily as there will no longer be archways for debris to collect under.

Works In Russell Gardens

Site works are under way in Russell Gardens. This means there is no access to the north side of the ornamental lake at this time. We apologise for any inconvenience.

We have closed off some pathways into Russell Gardens. The pathway from the new timber gate main entrance to Russell Garden is open, and access to Bushy Ruff is via the ornamental brick boat house and pathway.  Due to site limitation we are not able to have a step free access route currently, however further pathway works and route closures/openings will be notified in due course.

The playground in Russell Gardens will be closed until further notice. This is so that we can put the new pathways and play equipment in the park. The new playground will be open by next summer. It will have accessible equipment that all children can enjoy. We apologise for any inconvenience caused in the meantime. The playground in Kearsney Abbey will stay open.

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Cafe extension

As part of our National Lottery funded project at Kearsney Abbey we're building a 180 sq. m. extension to the cafe. This will provide an enlarged café with modern kitchen facilities, along with new customer toilets.  The extension and toilets will be fully accessible, including a Changing Places facility.  A new outside space will provide additional seating.

Please excuse our apperance whilst this exciting project is underway.   

Happy to Chat benches

Next time you’re in Kearsney Abbey you may spot one of our ‘Happy to chat’ benches. They have a sign saying you don’t mind someone stopping to say hello. The benches were the idea of a woman in Cardiff who wanted to help people who might be feeling lonely. 

Next Events...

Little Wild Things

'Stay and Play' sessions for parents and their toddlers with a Forest School ethos

Junior parkrun

Junior parkrun in Kearsney Abbey every Sunday morning

Junior parkrun

Junior parkrun in Kearsney Abbey every Sunday morning

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