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Project update January 2017

It’s been a busy month as we gear up to deliver lots of exciting events and activities throughout the year.

Work is underway

Work has started to remove some of the overgrown shrubs in Russell Gardens. This is part of our plans to restore the original garden design and to open up the views between Kearsney Court and Russell Gardens. The self-sown trees behind the tennis courts will be removed later this year. We’ve arranged for bat surveys to be done before the trees are removed.

We’ve also been meeting with different groups to ensure that the information we provide in the parks will be useful and easy to understand.

Events this summer

We are beginning to plan events for this summer! We’re going to explore the ecology of the parks through a big wildlife survey, evening bat walk and Big Tree Climbs. We’ll also be celebrating the role the park played in the 1951 Festival of Britain when A Midsummer Night’s Dream was performed, by putting on a special Shakespeare Rewired workshop. More information will be posted soon on this website.

Dover Tales walk

On Sunday 29th January, Dover Tales will be leading a walk to discover the source of the River Dour. The walk will start at the Kearsney Abbey café at 10.30am. It will take around two and a half hours. There’ll be the chance to hear a chilling tale along the way! Everyone is welcome.

A growing team

The Kearsney Parks team has two new members of staff. Anita Sedgewick is the Community Engagement Officer and Lisa Monk-Jones is the Project Officer. Anita will be organising community events and Lisa is responsible for keeping our funders, the Heritage Lottery Fund, up to date.

Save the date

The next Kearsney Parks Forum will take place in the café at Kearsney Abbey on Wednesday 22nd February, from 4pm until 5.30pm. If you would like to get involved and help shape our plans for the project, please come along. Please email Kearsney.Parks@dover.gov.uk by Thursday 16th February if you’d like to attend.

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