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Project Update September 2019

Works continue to the café, the roof is now complete to the extension and the doors and windows are due in October.  The render will follow and then the second fix and internal fit out will be undertaken.

The landscape team are progressing with the works in Russell Gardens and we continue to work with the Environment Agency with the de-culverting works.

Barrie Neave from the Environment agency is working with the Kearsney Team and Idverde on works to enhance the fish habitat.

The EA are supporting the partial removal of a section of the culvert in Kearsney Abbey,

“Exposing some sections will enable the river bed to be made more suitable for trout spawning. Over time we hope by improving the spawning opportunities the trout will breed more successfully and the population will be more sustainable and more resilient to predation”.

If you do drive, please think about the nearby residents. Please park considerately, and do not block emergency access routes. Thank you.

Works to install a puffin crossing on Alkham Road start on Monday (30 Sept)

Kent County Council has advised us that works to install a puffin crossing on Alkham Road to provide safe pedestrian access between Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens will start on Monday, 30 September.

Works will include footway widening; kerb works; carriageway surfacing; street lighting improvements; additional and alteration to the existing bollards along with the associated signing, lining and signal equipment.

The works are expected to take five weeks to complete, generally working between the hours of 7.30am and 5pm Mondays to Saturdays.  Temporary traffic lights will be in place during the works, and will be manually operated during busy traffic periods to help reduce disruption and delay.

Funding for the pedestrian crossing has been secured from government funding via Kent County Council’s Local Transport Plan.

Kearsney Parks calendar

Thanks to everyone who has sent in an image so far! If you’d like to have a photograph considered for including in the Kearsney Parks calendar, please email it to kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk by Friday 4th October. The photos can be taken anywhere in Kearsney Abbey or Russell Gardens. They should be ‘landscape’ format rather than ‘portrait’ and you should have a high-resolution version available.

Look up! Photography workshop

If you’re a keen photographer or want to try something new, why not come along to our next free photography workshop? ‘Look up!’ will run on Friday 4th October, 2pm – 4pm. It will focus on the trees and leaves in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens. More information is at www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events  To reserve your place, please email kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk

Tree Heritage Project

We are working with local schools and St Radigunds Youth Club, collecting seeds from the park to propagate in group sessions this autumn.

Whilst in the park if you would like to contribute to the collect of acorns, sweet chestnut, conkers, cones or other seed please let the Kearsney Team know via email/facebook and we will meet you in the park and gather in your collections.

Little Wild Things

Join our 'Stay and Play' sessions for parents and toddlers with a Forest School ethos! Little Wild Things will run on alternate Wednesdays (apart from half-term) between 11th September and 11th December. Come along with your little wild thing to explore the park, make new discoveries and get creative with nature! It costs £5 a child (including a drink of hot chocolate and a snack). There’s no charge for non-walkers and babies. For more information, see www.kearsneyparks.co.uk/events  

Kearsney Parks Forum

The next meeting of the Kearsney Parks Forum will take place on Tuesday 15th October, 6.30pm-8pm. It will be held at the DDC main offices in Whitfield. If you’d like to come along, please email Kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk

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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