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Project Update September 2020

Works update

Paving repairs are underway to the fountain lake, and old damaged railings have been removed.  Work continues on the tarmac pathway surfaces between the café and the car park area. The railings to Kearsney Court have been completed and the planting of the shrubs, including hazel and cotinus in the grand border, has begun.  There will be several perennials and annuals including salvia, geranium and lobelia planted at the base of the shrubs.

The yew tree ellipse shape has been completed and the yew border hedges and bench borders have been prepared. Benches are now being installed, including those to the lily pond and summer house pathways.

Bridge crossing points have been installed to the opened-up culverts in Kearsney Abbey and grass has started to establish on the banks. Further planting to the margins is to follow.


The Kearsney Abbey Apprentice, Joe Beaney, has now finished his National Heritage Lottery Funded Apprenticeship at Dover District Council.  We would like to thank him for all his hard work and help with the Kearsney Parks scheme and wish him all the very best for the future.


We can now welcome back small numbers of volunteers. We will follow strict social distancing guidelines. There are some opportunities to help with litter picking in the parks, and also with surveys at the moment.

DDC supported the Great British September Clean, which ran from 11– 27 September. Thank you to Cllr Trevor Bartlett and other Cabinet Members for litter picking in Kearsney Parks and doing a great job.

Looking forward to 2021, there will be a variety of gardening tasks in Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens to undertake, including the grand border and orchard. If you are interested in volunteering and would like to be put on our database, please get in touch at kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk.


There are always great opportunities for taking photos in the park, be it with a camera or your phone.

If you do take any and you’re pleased with the results, please do send in any photos that you’d be happy to see in the Kearsney Parks calendar 2021 to kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk

Keep in touch

If you have any comments or questions, please email us at kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk or follow us on Twitter @Kearsneyparks

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