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Project Update April 2019

Works update

Works are continuing to the café extension and billiard room. The old protective roof lantern on the billiard room has now been removed. The original timberwork will be redecorated and the roof lantern will be cleaned before a new lantern is installed over the top to protect it from the elements.

The electrical works are underway in the new café extension and mechanical connections for new ventilation and heating systems will be installed over the coming weeks.


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.

Spring morning bird walk

Join us bright and early in Kearsney Abbey on Saturday 11 May for a spring morning bird walk. Expert Paul Holt from the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership will lead a walk to experience the sights and sounds of birds in the park. The walk will start at 8am and finish around 9.30am. Find out more at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events

Pop-up River Lab

Discover the freshwater wildlife of the River Dour on this pond-dipping session in Kearsney Abbey on Tuesday 28 May! We’ll be finding out more about the animals that live in Dover’s special chalk river. Come along any time between 10am and 12.30pm. The day will be led by the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership and Affinity Water. More information is at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events

Kearsney calendar

We’re planning to produce a Kearsney Parks Calendar for 2020. If you have any photos of Kearsney Abbey or Russell Gardens you would like to be considered, please send them to kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk

Survey volunteers needed

During May, we’ll be carrying out a survey in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens to find out how many people are using the parks. We have to do this survey three times a year to give an update to our funders, the National Lottery. If you’d like to help out, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk - it only takes an hour or two and is a great opportunity to get out in the fresh air!

Resources for schools

If you teach primary school children, why not make the most of our free education resources? They contain lots of ideas for cross-curricular lessons in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. We also have rucksacks full of equipment that can be borrowed for free! More information is on our website at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/schools

Kearsney Parks Forum next meeting

The next meeting of the Kearsney Parks Forum will take place on Tuesday 9 July from 6.15pm – 7.30pm, at the council offices in Whitfield. If you’d like to come along, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk by Thursday 4 July.

East Kent Parks Forum

The next meeting of the East Kent Parks Forum will take place on Thursday 5 September 2019 from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. It will be hosted by Kent Enterprise Trust at the Kent Community Oasis Garden in Canterbury. The theme will be supporting people with learning or mental health difficulties into employment or training through gardening and practical skills. If you’d like to come along, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk

Continental Model Boat Regatta

The Model Boat Association in Dover is holding a Continental Model Boat Regatta in Kearsney Abbey on Sunday 19 May from 10am – 4pm. They’ll be joined by clubs from France and Belgium. There’ll be model warships, merchant ships, lifeboats and submarines on display. Everyone is welcome to come and watch the boats.

Keep in touch

If you have any comments or questions, please email us on kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk or follow us on Twitter @Kearsneyparks

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