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Project Update July 2018

This summer a number of events are taking place to celebrate the wonderful trees growing in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens.

Ash tree events

Kearsney Abbey is hosting two events this summer as part of the Ash Tree Project. The project was set up as a response to ash dieback in order to celebrate the cultural, natural and social history of the ash tree.

On Saturday 4 August, local ecologist Mike Phillips will lead a free walk around Kearsney Abbey to look at the ash and other trees. On Sunday 5 August, photographer Belinda Knox will lead a 4-hour workshop around the park. The photography workshop costs £15 per person.

Both events need to be booked in advance. For more information and details of how to book, please go to www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events

Meet the trees

There’ll also be another chance to get to know the trees in Kearsney Abbey on Saturday 8 September! Mike Phillips will lead a walk to look at some of the very special trees in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. You’ll pick up some tips on tree identification. The last hour will be spent walking to Coxhill Mount to learn about woods and woodland management. More information is at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events

Feeding the ducks

This summer holiday, we’ll be in the park to encourage people to feed healthy snacks to the ducks, instead of bread. The ducks love eating bread but it can make them ill. When bread rots, it can pollute the water and harm ducks and other species. If you’d like to volunteer with us to hand out free duck food, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk

Summer exhibition

During the summer holidays, we’ll be putting up some exhibition panels outside Kearsney Abbey café. This will show what we’ve been up to over the last year, and our plans for the future.

East Kent Parks Forum

The next meeting of the East Kent Parks Forum will take place at 10.30am on Saturday 1st September at Singleton Lake in Ashford. We’ll have a walk around the lake, meadow and field. This will be followed by a discussion on how to involve volunteers and members of the public, and we’ll hear how the Friends group has tackled antisocial behaviour. If you’re involved with a local park or green space and would like to come along, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk

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