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Project Update November 2019

Work is continuing in Kearsney Abbey. In the café, new tiled flooring is being laid and the lighting has been installed. The wooden panels in the billiards room and the grotesques (the plaster decorations on the walls) have been cleaned. A replica door has been made for the old kitchen in the billiards room. This is made with the same mouldings as the original doors. The billiards room now links through to the new café building.

The existing western car park in Kearsney Abbey (opposite Russell Gardens) will be resurfaced before Christmas.

Landscape work is continuing in Russell Gardens. The slopes have been contoured to accommodate the new paths. These paths have been laid out and work has started on constructing them. The paths will provide routes through the park, to the play area at the end. The play equipment is being installed.

Parking

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.

Pedestrian crossing

The puffin crossing between Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens on the Alkham Road is now open. It’s been funded by Kent County Council to provide safe pedestrian access between the two parks.

Podcasts

In the New Year, we’ll be making some podcasts about the history and wildlife of Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. If you’d like to help us tell some of the stories of the parks, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk

Coxhill Mount chalk grassland

Our next volunteer task day to clear some of the scrub on Coxhill Mount will be on Thursday 19 December. This is helping to restore the area to chalk grassland. The tasks are being led by the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership. If you’d like to come along, more information is at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events

Kearsney Parks 2020 Calendar

The Kearsney Parks 2020 Calendar is now available to buy online! It features 12 beautiful pictures taken in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens through the different seasons. At £5.61 (including postage) it’s the perfect stocking filler. You can buy it online at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/order-calendar. Copies are also on sale in the mobile café in Kearsney Abbey for £5.

This month’s photograph

This month’s photograph of a kingfisher in Kearsney Abbey was taken by Ruth King. If you’ve got any pictures you’d like to share, or to submit for next year’s calendar, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk

Friends of Kearsney Parks group

The last meeting of the Kearsney Parks Forum will take place on Tuesday 3 December, 6pm-7.30pm, at the DDC offices in Whitfield. If you’d like to come along, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk. In the New Year, we’ll be launching a new volunteers group where there will be lots of opportunities to get involved with the parks.

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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