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Project Update March 2018

This month, work in Russell Gardens is progressing, more events are coming up and we now have our own Facebook page!

Update on works

New fencing has been installed along the boundary between Russell Gardens and the Alkham Road. A hedgerow of native tree species including hawthorn, dog rose and hazel has been planted along the fence line.

Work on the new pathways in Russell Gardens will start in April. While this work is being carried out, please continue to use the far gate that has step-free access. This will continue to be the entrance until the paths and new entrance opposite the western car park in Kearsney Abbey are completed later this spring.

Premises Licence

We are applying for a Premises Licence so that we can hold occasional events in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens, such as outdoor cinema and theatre. Holding open air events, including on the site of the old outdoor theatre, was a key part of our original project application. We will monitor events carefully so that there is not a detrimental impact on people living nearby. As part of this application, we are not applying for alcohol to be available at events. Details will be on the dover.gov.uk website soon.

The Ancient Dour

If you’d like to find out about the ancient river Dour, come along to Kearsney Abbey on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st April. On the Friday, an expert from the University of Wales will be drilling augur holes to investigate the sediments left behind by the river in ancient times. On the Saturday, an excavation will take place which the public are welcome to take part in.

This is part of a series of archaeology events taking place during April. More on the events

Help us to help the ducks!

This Easter holidays, we’ll be in the parks 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 

Little wild things

This spring we’re launching a new toddlers group in Kearsney Abbey. ‘Little Wild Things’ will be run by Fir Tree Forest School. You and your little one will get the chance to explore Kearsney Abbey, make new discoveries and get creative with nature! 

The sessions will take place twice a month between May and July (see our What's on page for dates) and then again between September and December. It will cost £5 per child. There will be no charge for non-walkers and babies. For more information, please email Alice Cannon alice@firtreeforestschool.co.uk

Facebook page

We now have our own Facebook page! Follow us at Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens to see our latest pictures and hear about the latest events.

Kearsney Parks Forum

The next Kearsney Parks Forum meeting will take place on Tuesday 24th April, 6pm – 7.30pm in Kearsney Abbey café. If you’d like to come along and help us with our plans for the parks, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk by Thursday 19th April.

. Keep-me-posted.