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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.

Works to install a temporary construction bridge and 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. 

Puffin crossing installation works start 30 Sept

Kent County Council has advised us that works to install a puffin crossing on Alkham Road to provide safe pedestrian access between Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens will start on Monday, 30 September.

Works will include footway widening; kerb works; carriageway surfacing; street lighting improvements; additional and alteration to the existing bollards along with the associated signing, lining and signal equipment.

The works are expected to take five weeks to complete, generally working between the hours of 7.30am and 5pm Mondays to Saturdays.  Temporary traffic lights will be in place during the works, and will be manually operated during busy traffic periods to help reduce disruption and delay.

Funding for the pedestrian crossing has been secured from government funding via Kent County Council’s Local Transport Plan.

De-culverting works 

Further works have begun in Kearsney Abbey this week 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 improve the river for trout and allow them to migrate more easily up river. It will also allow the river to flow more easily as there will no longer be archways for debris to collect under.

Annual survey

Every year, we carry out a visitor survey to find out more about what people think of Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. We’ll be in the parks over the next few weeks and would like to talk to as many people as possible. You can also answer the questions at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9H8QJKV

Works In Russell Gardens

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.

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Russell Gardens playground

The playground in Russell Gardens will be closed from Friday 28th June 2019 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.

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.   

Next Events...

Kearsney Parks Forum

The next meeting of the Kearsney Parks Forum

Chalk grassland restoration volunteer task

A task day to restore chalk grassland on Coxhill Mount

Junior parkrun

Junior parkrun in Kearsney Abbey every Sunday morning

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