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Project Update March 2017

This month, work has been taking place to make it easier to cross between Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens, and we’ve seen the completion of the first phase of work in Russell Gardens. We’ve also been planning more events!

Information about all our events is regularly updated on our events page at     

Traffic calming underway

Kent County Council has begun work on the section of road between Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. The road is being narrowed and a high-friction surface installed. The footpath on the Kearsney Abbey side of the road has been widened and lined with wooden bollards. There will be two new uncontrolled crossing points across Alkham Road and the two existing traffic islands either side of the entrance to the car park opposite Russell Gardens are being removed. The reduced road width and reduced vehicle speeds will make it easier to cross the road without having to stop in the centre.

Shrub clearance

Some of the overgrown shrubs and self-sown trees have now been removed from Russell Gardens. This has revealed the brick wall of Kearsney Court’s kitchen garden for the first time in many years, and restored views across the landscape. Kearsney Court house and the kitchen garden are now both privately owned, but the garden’s red brick walls are clearly visible in Russell Gardens.

Free photography workshop

Local artist Sara Madgwick will be leading a second free photography workshop in the parks, on Wednesday 3 May, from 4pm-6.30pm. The theme will be ‘Reflections and abstract images'. You’ll need to bring a camera or phone with you. There are only 12 spaces available, so if you would like to come along, please email to reserve a space. There will be more workshops later in the year.

Big Tree Climb

This is your chance to appreciate the trees in Kearsney Abbey from a different perspective! On Saturday 1 July, the Big Tree Climbing Company will be in Kearsney Abbey. Under the supervision of an instructor, you’ll climb high into the tree canopy.  The activity is open to children aged six and over, and adults. Tickets are £20 each. To book a ticket, go to

Save the date

The next Kearsney Parks Forum will take place in the café at Kearsney Abbey on Wednesday 26th April, from 6pm – 7.30pm. If you would like to get involved and help shape our plans for the project, please come along. Please email by Thursday 20th April if you’d like to attend.

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