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Project Update April 2018

This month, we’re looking forward to a summer of art in the parks, we’ve found out more about the ancient history of Kearsney Abbey and work is due to start shortly on the paths in Russell Gardens.

Arts Council funding

There are going to be plenty of opportunities to get involved with art in the parks this summer, following our successful bid for an Arts Council England grant. We’ve been awarded £43,592 to run a project in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. This money is separate to the funding we have received for the rest of the project from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Parks for People programme.

The grant will fund a series of artist residencies and a park bench poetry and drawing project. Some of the residencies will be for newly-graduated, early career artists from the local area. The project will be delivered in partnership with Dover Arts Development (DAD).

Please keep an eye on www.kearsneyparks.co.uk to find out the latest news!

Prehistoric folk

This month, a team of more than 50 volunteers helped us uncover the ancient history of Kearsney Abbey. Canterbury Archaeological Trust led a dig which established that there is a Bronze Age Barrow with surrounding ring ditch on Coxhill Mount.

During the dig, we found a Neolithic flint axe head which shows that people have been in the area for at least 4,000 years! We also took samples of sediments left by the River Dour in ancient times and these are now being analysed.

Reports from both activities will be published soon at https://www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/Whats-On/Past-events/Past-events.aspx 

Paths in Russell Gardens

Work is continuing this month on the paths in Russell Gardens. In line with our original bid, a path is being built along the Alkham Valley side of the pond in Russell Gardens. Once the work is finished in around a month’s time, the new entrance to Russell Gardens will be open. This will also be an access route for Bushy Ruff.

At some stage during the works it will be necessary to close the step-free access entrance. We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause but will aim to keep disruption to a minimum and will re-open it as soon as we can.

Big Tree Climb

There are still some places left on the Big Tree Climb that’s happening in Kearsney Abbey on Saturday 30th June. You can climb high into the tree canopy and view the park from above! See www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events for details. 

A spring morning walk with the birds

This Saturday (28th April) we’ll be in Kearsney Abbey at 8am to hear the early morning bird song. The walk around the park will be led by Paul Holt from the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership. More information is at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events

East Kent Parks Forum

The next meeting of the East Kent Parks Forum will take place at 10.30am on Saturday 1st September at Singleton Lake in Ashford. We’ll have a walk around the lake, meadow and field. This will be followed by a discussion on how to involve volunteers and members of the public, and we’ll hear how the Friends group has tackled antisocial behaviour. If you’re involved with a local park or green space and would like to come along, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk

. Keep-me-posted.