What we’ve done so far!
Since the Kearsney Parks project started, we’ve been holding lots of events in the park.
- Between July 2018 and June 2019, dozens of events took place as part of the Art in the Park – Kearsney Interpreted project. It was funded by the Arts Council and delivered in partnership with Dover Arts Development. To find out more about the activities that took place, please see the Art in the Park webpage.
- We've taken two spring morning bird walks in Kearsney Abbey where we've seen and heard dozens of species.
- More than 1,300 schoolchildren from the district have taken part in Forest School lessons that have been funded by the Kearsney Parks project. To encourage more schools to use the parks for lessons, we've launched free teaching resources and rucksack packs that can be hired for free.
- During 2018, we were busy with archaeology digs. Working with Canterbury Archaeological Trust, we established the existence of a Bronze Age Barrow. Later the same year, we undertook the Great Mansions of the Past dig, to find out more about the layout of the old mansion house in Kearsney Abbey. We also employed a geoarchaeologist to investigate the sediments left by the pre-historic River Dour.
- In October 2017, we took part in the nation-wide Big Draw. Watch this video, A Kearsney Discovery, that was created, based on a true story about Kearsney Abbey that was reported in the local paper in 1841.
- In March 2017 we were treated to a very special evening of music in Kearsney Abbey café, with performances by a number of musicians including award-winning flautist Paul Chenour, Moloko prize-winning musician Richard Bundy and international cellist and pianist Francois le Roux. The evening was hosted by Dover Tales. Listen to a snippet.
- Sky Blue Theatre Company performed their very own version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream along with help from the audience, on the site of the old outdoor theatre. This was the place where the play was performed as part of the Festival of Britain celebrations in 1951.
- Since 2017, the Great Big Tree Climbing Company have been taking people high into the tree canopy, to experience a very different view of the parks. They are coming back to the park in 2020!
- We've held a number of photography workshops. Lots of stunning photographs have been taken and many have been used in the Kearsney Parks Calendar. If you have any pictures of Kearsney Abbey or Russell Gardens you'd like to be considered for next year's calendar, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org The images should be hi-res files and a 'landscape' rather than a 'portrait' layout.
- In July 2017 we held a Big Wildlife Survey as part of Up on the Downs’ Big Summer Festival. We set out to record all the plants and animals we could find in the different areas of the parks.
There will be lots more events coming up throughout the project, so do keep an eye on the ‘What’s on’ page or sign up for our monthly email updates.