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Project Update February 2019


Works update

The programme of landscape restoration in Russell Gardens and Kearsney Abbey will get underway in March. This follows the award of the landscape contract to idverde UK Ltd, following a competitive tender.

A key part of the works is the restoration of Thomas Mawson’s terraced landscape at Russell Gardens. Works in neighbouring Kearsney Abbey will see the recreation of an eye-catcher bridge across the end of the boating lake to create a new walkway around the park.  Horticultural works include the planting of trees, shrubs, a new grand border in Russell Gardens and a community orchard.

The trees on the island on Kearsney Abbey lake are being cleared, some of which are suffering from Ash dieback. This will open up the area for shrubs to regrow and protect nesting wildlife, as well as open up views across the park. At the same time, we’ll be creating new habitat piles to support wildlife.

Work is also continuing on the café extension. The steel framework is under construction and the block work walls have started to be laid. We are working with Heritage officers to make sure that the work to the old billiards room maintains the character and aesthetics of the building.

Teaching resources

In early March, we’ll be launching free teaching resources for primary schools. Resource sheets with lots of ideas for cross-curricular lessons in the parks will be available to download from the Kearsney Parks website. Rucksacks for schoolchildren will be available to hire for free, with equipment such as compasses, magnifying glasses and binoculars. If you’re interested in hiring the packs for your school, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk to find out more.

Art in the Park

On 12 March and 12 April there will be Art in the Park – Kearsney Interpreted screenings at Dover’s Silver Screen Cinema. These will showcase the work of some of the project’s artists in residence, as well as Watercress and Daffodils, Clare Smith’s work exploring public and private aspects of the once unified Russell Gardens and Kearsney Court gardens, and Park Bench, a DAD production bringing together work from 58 artists, poets and musicians from Dover and the surrounding area.

The screenings are free to attend but places must be booked. For more information, please see www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events

Art in the Park – Kearsney Interpreted is a project that is funded by the Arts Council and is being delivered in partnership with Dover Arts Development (DAD).

Kearsney Parks Forum

The next meeting of the Kearsney Parks Forum will take place on Tuesday 2 April, 6pm – 7.30pm. The location will be confirmed shortly. If you’d like to come along, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk by Thursday 28 March.

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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