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Project Update October 2017

We’re starting the next phase of clearance in the parks, work on the ornamental pond in Russell Gardens is continuing and more activities are coming up!

Update on works

We’ll be starting clearance work in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens in early November. This will include removing shoot growth around the base of the lime trees forming the avenues in Kearsney Abbey and removing ivy growing on historic structures in the parks.

At the moment we’re doing further bat activity and hibernation surveys on site. Once we know the results of these surveys, we’ll have a further update on the progress of the rest of the works.

Russell Gardens ornamental pond

Over the next month, the base of the ornamental pond will be cleared of debris and then geo-technical surveys will be carried out. This will enable us to establish what repair work is needed.

Next photography workshop

The last photography workshop of 2017 will take place on Sunday 3rd December, from 12.30pm – 3pm. The theme is ‘Winter in the gardens - seasonal silhouettes and textures in the park'. There will be a chance to capture low level lighting towards dusk. The workshop is free to attend but places are limited. If you’d like to come along, please email

River Tales

Just a reminder that River Tales will be in Kearsney Abbey on Sunday 29th October from 2pm-4pm. You’ll get the chance to meet the River Spirit, have a go at drumming, hear some tales and songs, and end up parading through the park!

East Kent Parks Forum

The next meeting of the East Kent Parks Forum will take place in Deal on Thursday 2nd November, 5.30pm-7.30pm at the Golf Road Community Hall. There will be the chance to learn about the funding opportunities available for parks from the Heritage Lottery Fund. If you’d like to come along, please email

Kearsney Parks Forum

The next meeting of the Kearsney Parks Forum will take place in the café at Kearsney Abbey on Wednesday 22nd November, from 6pm until 7.30pm. If you would like to get involved with the project, please come along. Please email by Thursday 16th November if you’d like to attend.

. Keep-me-posted.