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Project Update August 2019

Works update

Work is continuing in Russell Gardens to put in new pathways that are more accessible, new play equipment and a grand border on the north side of the pond. The border will be planted with dozens of species including cosmos, crocosmia, hibiscus, lobelia, penstemon, and salvia.

Work is also continuing on the extended car park in Kearsney Abbey. We are working with our contractors to ensure the car park can open as soon as possible.

We will continue to run a free park and ride service, from the Kearsney Campsite on Kearsney Avenue, on the next two weekends and on Bank Holiday Monday in the school summer holidays, (24, 25, 26 August and 31 August-1 September).

While parking is limited, please think about using public transport, cycling or walking, or using the free park and ride service 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 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 complete the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9H8QJKV

Little Wild Things

Join our 'Stay and Play' sessions for parents and toddlers with a Forest School ethos! Little Wild Things will run on alternate Wednesdays (apart from half-term) between 11th September and 11th December. Come along with your little wild thing to explore the park, make new discoveries and get creative with nature! It costs £5 a child (including a drink of hot chocolate and a snack). There’s no charge for non-walkers and babies. For more information, see www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events  

New date for photography workshop

The date of our free photography workshop ‘Look up’ has changed. It’s now taking place on Friday 4th October, 2pm-4pm. Photographer Mike Tedder will be leading a walk around the park to take photographs of the trees and leaves. If you’d like to come along, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk

Big Tree Climb

There are still some tickets left for the Big Tree Climb on Saturday 14 September. If you fancy climbing up high into the tree canopy, why not have a go? Details are at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events

Kearsney Parks Forum

The next meeting of the Kearsney Parks Forum will take place on Tuesday 15 October, 6.30pm – 8pm, at the DDC offices in Whitfield. If you’d like to come along, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk by Thursday 10 October.

East Kent Parks Forum

The next meeting of the East Kent Parks Forum will be on Thursday 5 September, 5.30pm - 7.30pm. It’s being 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 by Monday 2 September.

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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