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Project Update August 2017

This month, we’re giving out free duck food in Kearsney Abbey, various repair works are underway and we have a new team leader. We also want to hear about your experiences of visiting Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens.

Work in Russell Gardens and Kearsney Abbey

The Parks Department has responded to algae and weeds growing in the ornamental pond in Russell Gardens, and a review of the area has uncovered a leak. The ornamental pond water levels have been lowered to allow silt removal, survey and repair works to take place.

From 4th September, work will be carried out to replace the wooden bridge at the far end of Russell Gardens. The small parking area by the bridge will be closed for around two weeks while this happens. This will improve maintenance vehicle access for planned tree works.

The Kearsney Abbey play area will also be temporarily closed to allow repairs to be made.

We need your opinion!

As part of the Kearsney Parks project, we want to hear about your experiences of visiting Kearsney Abbey or Russell Gardens. We would like as many people as possible to fill in a quick survey – it should take no longer than 5 minutes. It can be found at

A healthy dinner for ducks

Feeding the ducks is a fun thing to do, but did you know that bread can harm both ducks and the river? It’s much better to feed them peas, seeds, sweetcorn, seedless grapes cut in half, chopped lettuce or duck pellets instead. During August, we’ll be in the park handing out free duck food. More information is at

New project manager

This month we welcome another face to the Kearsney Parks team. Jenny Coller is our new Project Manager and she’ll be leading the project over the next three years. If you have any queries, you can get in touch by emailing

Kearsney Parks Forum

The next Kearsney Parks Forum meeting will take place in the café at Kearsney Abbey on Wednesday 6th September, from 6pm until 7.30pm. If you would like to get involved and help shape the project, please come along. Please email by Thursday 31st August if you’d like to attend.

East Kent Parks Forum

If you would like to meet members of other parks groups, you’re very welcome to attend the next meeting of the East Kent Parks Forum. This will take place in Deal on Thursday 2nd November. A representative from the Heritage Lottery Fund will talk about the funding opportunities that are available. For more information, please see

Upcoming events

There are still a few places left on our free photography workshop on Tuesday 5th September.

There are also some spaces left on the Big Tree Climb, which is coming to Kearsney Abbey on Saturday 16th September. Tickets are £20 each. The activity is open to children aged 6 and over, and adults.

For details of both events, please go to

. Keep-me-posted.