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Project Update June 2015

Since the last project update, we have been busy listening to ideas and suggestions for the parks, getting our design team started, and carrying out more historical research.

Thanks to everyone that took part in the activity day in April or responded online. If you would like to see what everyone told us, a summary can be found here: www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/projectdocuments. We have been meeting local schools and other community organisations to see how they could be involved in the project and how they would like to use the parks. We have also been talking to other organisations who have delivered similar Heritage Lottery Fund projects to learn about what worked well and what could have been improved. All this information will help to shape the park improvement plans and help us to develop ideas for activities.

We have appointed our landscape architects, architects and other specialists and they are now busy assessing the parks, reviewing background information and studying the consultation results. They will shortly start to develop proposals and they should be ready to share with you in early July – more information to follow in due course.

We have also been trying to uncover more historical information. The Kent Gardens Trust have already carried out some excellent research and we have found more information in archives in Kent, Lincolnshire and even Cumbria. Volunteers are busy researching the British Newspaper Archive for interesting news stories about the parks and volunteer archaeologists will also be carrying out a small exploratory dig in the car park of Kearsney Abbey this weekend. We hope the dig will tell us more about the grand country house that used to stand on the site.

We will keep you up to date with progress on the project but if you have any questions in the meantime please let us know.

. Keep-me-posted.