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Project Update December 2019

Thank you for following the Kearsney Parks project over the last year. We’ve got lots more exciting events lined up for 2020 which we’ll publicise soon. In the meantime we hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Works update

Works are continuing on the café and landscaping in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. The final fit-out for the café and toilet facilities will continue in the New Year, and we've been busy restoring the listed billiard room. The wood panelling has been French polished and the floor will be refurbished in the New Year. We are aiming for the cafe to be open spring 2020.

The tarmac car park in Kearsney Abbey (opposite Russell Gardens) is now open and includes two disabled bays. The new entrance pathway is now open from the pedestrian crossing into Kearsney Abbey.

Mobile café

The mobile café in Kearsney Abbey will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. It will be open as usual during the rest of the holiday period. This is from 10am on weekdays and 9.30am on weekends, until dusk.


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.

‘Silhouettes’ winter photography

On Saturday 11 January, we’ll be running a free photography workshop in Kearsney Abbey. We’ll explore sights associated with the winter, silhouettes, layers in the landscape and extreme angles. The workshop will run from 10.30am – 12.30pm. If you’d like to come along, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk

Get involved

If you’d like to volunteer at Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens, please come along to our volunteer drop-in session! This will be held at the River Dour Centre on Buckland Bridge, on Wednesday 8 January from 3pm–7pm. Feel free to pop in at any time for a cup of tea and a chat. We’re looking for help with the community orchard, scrub clearance, surveys, event stewarding and more!

If you can’t make 8 January but would still like to volunteer, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk and let us know how you’d like to help.

Coxhill Mount task

The next volunteer task to restore some of the chalk grassland on Coxhill Mount will take place on Thursday 16 January. This will be led by the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership. If you’d like to come along, more information is at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events. We will be meeting in the car park at 10am.

This month’s photograph

This month’s photograph of a robin in Kearsney Abbey was taken by Ruth King. If you have a photo that you’d like to share, please email 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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