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Project Update July 2019

Works update

Major landscape works are beginning in Russell Gardens. Soil from the car park extension in Kearsney Abbey will be used to regrade some of the slopes. The playground in Russell Gardens is closed so that the contractors can use the area as their compound. 

The work will include removing the tree stumps from the slopes behind the old tennis courts, so that the community orchard can be planted this autumn. Our apprentices have also started work on restoring the pleached lime avenue.

The work means that we have had to close off some of the pathways and entrances to Russell Gardens, including the step-free access route. We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused but this is essential to make sure everyone stays safe.

The pathway on the south side of the lake in Russell Gardens (the side closest to Alkham Road) and the footpath into Bushy Ruff will stay open. We will re-open other parts of the park as it becomes possible to do so. The works in Russell Gardens should all be finished by the end of this year. It will include new pathways, natural play equipment and a restored lily pond.

In Kearsney Abbey, building works on the café extension are continuing. A new fire alarm system is being installed throughout the building. We are also repairing the interior of the billiards room roof. This was damaged by water a number of years ago. The internal brick walls are being repaired, and the interior timber panels will also be refurbished.

The landscape team are continuing work on the car park extension, the new main entrance pathway and improving the path from the car park to the lakes in Kearsney Abbey.


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.

Parking - update

The car park in Kearsney Abbey is closed today (Wednesday 10th July).  A tree survey, carried out as part of the routine maintenance schedule, identified defects in a sycamore tree in the car park. The Parks and Open Spaces team have arranged for this tree to be removed. We apologise for the inconvenience but closing the car park is essential for everyone’s safety. We will re-open the car park as soon as we can but there may be some disruption over the next few days.

Teacher training sessions

This autumn we’re running more free teacher training sessions in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. The half-day sessions will take place on Tuesday 24th September and Wednesday 25th September. They will focus on cross-curricular learning for primary schools including art, geography, maths, literacy and science. The sessions will be led by Outdoor Education Adviser Niall Leyden and former Headteacher Andrew Lamb. To find out more and to reserve a place, please go to www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events

Photography workshops

If you want to get creative with your photography, join us on one of our free workshops this summer. The first is taking place on Friday 19th July from 7pm-9pm. We’ll be walking around the parks to take photos just ahead of sunset. More information is at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events

Big Tree Climb

The Great Big Tree Climbing Company is coming back to Kearsney Abbey on Saturday 14th September. This is a wonderful chance to climb up high into the trees and get a different view of the park. Tickets are £20 each. More information and details of how to book are on our events page at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events

From Prehistory to the Present Day walk

Join us on Friday 23rd August, 2pm – 3.30pm, for this history walk around Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. A Bronze Age Barrow, mills and theatrical performances – the park has seen them all! This walk is part of the White Cliffs Walking Festival. If you’d like to come along, please book your place in advance. More information and details about how to book are at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events

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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