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Project Update June 2017

 Our programme of events continues as summer gets underway! Details of all our events are regularly updated at

Love Parks Week

This year’s national Love Parks Week is taking place from 14th-23rd July. Keep an eye on social media for national events! We’re also organising some events, outlined below, to take place during this time.

Plants, ponds and promenading

If you’d like to find out more about historic parks and gardens, come along to a free talk in Kearsney Abbey café on Wednesday 19th July, 6.30-7.30pm. Dr Karen Jones from the University of Kent will be explaining how Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens sit within a distinguished history of designed spaces that include the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and Palace of Versailles! Places are free, but numbers are limited, so to book a place please email

Big Wildlife Survey

On Saturday 22nd July, 1pm – 5pm, we’ll be recording all the plants and animals that are living in the parks. Join our experts on free guided walks starting at 1pm, 2.15pm and 3.30pm to see what you can find! There’ll also be pond dipping. For more information, please go to

Evening Bat Walk

Join local expert Shirley Thompson and Mel Wrigley from the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership for a night-time walk around Kearsney Abbey to see what bats we can spot. We’ll also have a moth light trap near the café. The walk will be on Saturday 22nd July, from 9pm-11pm.

Please wear sensible footwear and bring a torch. We will be walking by unfenced open water, the lake and water gullies in the dark so children must be closely supervised at all times.

Places are free, but must be booked in advance by emailing

Bus services

Stagecoach have launched a consultation on planned changes to bus services, which includes routes close to Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. If you would like to have your say, please respond to the consultation

Capability Brown in Kent

Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (1716-1783) is one of Britain’s most celebrated and well-known landscape designers. He was known for developing the picturesque style of landscape design, which later influenced the design of the landscape in Kearsney Abbey. A free exhibition of some of his work is being held at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone from 1st- 31st July during normal library opening hours. It’s been organised in partnership with the Kent Gardens Trust. More information.

Last minute availability for this weekend!

We have a few spaces left for the Shakespeare Rewired workshop taking place in the park this Saturday, 17th June. Sky Blue Theatre company will be encouraging the audience to help tell the story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in their own words!

There are also some spaces left for Sunday’s yoga workshop for children, from 2pm-2.30pm in Kearsney Abbey.

For more information about either event, and to book places, please go to

Kearsney Abbey playground

Following a recent inspection of the playground in Kearsney Abbey, some items of play equipment need to be replaced. Over the next few months, you may see some of our staff working to replace and repair different parts of the play area. We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused.

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