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Project Update December 2017

This month, we’ve got a further update on the works taking place, information about the café opening hours over Christmas and a round-up of what we’ve been up to this year.

Works update

Tree works have progressed well in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. The tree works to the western car park are now complete. Work will continue in Russell Gardens in the New Year, to remove overgrown trees behind the tennis courts.

We have now had the results of ecological reports across the parks. We will need to do some mitigation works to comply with the reports’ recommendations. The programme of works will take into account nesting and breeding seasons for a number of species. This means that further landscape works are likely to start during spring/summer 2018, and other works later in the year.

We are working in partnership with the Bay Trust to use some of the wood salvaged from the tree removals. This will be used in projects across the district.

Café opening hours at Christmas

The café at Kearsney Abbey will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. It will be open as usual on all other days, from 9am until 3pm.

Duck food on sale

This summer, we started to encourage people not to feed bread to the ducks and other wild birds in the parks. While feeding the birds is a fun thing to do, bread can make them very ill and it can also pollute the water. The café in Kearsney Abbey is selling duck food, so you can now enjoy feeding the birds while knowing that they are also getting a healthy treat!

Forest School success

More than 400 children across the district have taken part in Forest School sessions in Kearsney Abbey this year. These were funded by the Kearsney Parks project. We’re busy planning more lessons for the next academic year.

End of year round-up

Thank you for all your interest and support over the last year. We’ve held many events and activities, such as photography workshops, a yoga session in the park, wildlife surveys and bat walks, and of course the outdoor cinema where hundreds of people watched the Lion King on a beautiful late spring evening. We’ve created a page where you can see more about what we’ve been up to, hear some of the music from our Spring celebration in March, and watch the Big Draw animation based on a news story from Kearsney Abbey in 1841.

Lots more events and activities are planned for 2018, and we are hoping to get more people involved as volunteers in the New Year. If you would like to make your New Year’s resolution to do some volunteering, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk

We’d like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we’ll be back with more news in January!

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