Nature at Russell Gardens


From a groundwater aquifer in the Alkham Valley, the River Dour runs for four miles through the Kearsney Parks and is the 'green artery' than runs through to Dover, into the town, and then out into the English Channel at Wellington Dock in Dover Harbour. The River Dour is a rare habitat for flora and fauna, one of only 200 chalk streams in the world. 

The water courses through Russell Gardens provide a perfect habitat for a wide range of birdlife and waterfowl, including mallard, coot, moorhen, grey wagtails and kingfishers. 


Natural landmarks

  • Thomas Mawson often included orchards in his landscape designs usually near the kitchen garden, describing them as "the one part of the domain above all others which speaks of seclusion, peace, quiet and rest, a close commune with nature and rural pleasures."

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