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Project Update August 2020

Works update

Work on the new cafe in Kearsney Abbey is nearing completion. We are now recruiting and training staff.

The pathways in Russell Gardens have had their base of tarmac laid and will have the top layer added shortly. This will link the new route by the old kitchen garden wall with the new terrace level and playground. We will open up this side of Russell Gardens once the works are all complete and the grass has established.

Work will start shortly on the pathway linking the new café building to the boating lake in Kearsney Abbey. The pathway along the lake edge will also be installed at this time. The temporary pathway will remain in place for use until the works are complete.

Work will also start soon to install the new bridge in Kearsney Abbey, at the end of the boating lake. This will recreate the circular walk around the lakes that was part of the original landscape design. We will need to keep this section of the lake closed off while work takes place. We’re sorry for the inconvenience but this is essential for the safety of both the public and our contractors.

You may have noticed that a number of wooden posts have appeared in the park. These are part of a trail that we’ve developed around Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. The trail will be accompanied by a leaflet with a map and more information. This will be launched soon along with lots more materials exploring the history, people and wildlife of the parks!


We can now welcome back small numbers of volunteers! We will follow strict social distancing guidelines. There are some opportunities to help with litter picking in the parks and also with surveys.

The council is supporting the Great British September Clean which will run from 11–27 September, by making litter picking equipment available and arranging for waste collected from litter picks to be collected. If you’d like to help out, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk

Photography trail

Over the last year, we’ve organised a number of workshops in the park with photographer Mike Tedder. Now, while we can’t meet in large groups, Mike has produced a photography trail. You can download the trail from our resources page at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/photography. It’s got a suggested route and has lots of tips for photos that you might like to take.

If you’re pleased with the results, please do send in any photos that you’d be happy to see in the Kearsney Parks calendar 2021, to kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk

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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