June/July Update

Published Tuesday 12 July 2022 in General category



General update 

The parks continue to be busy with locals and holiday makers making the most of the lovely weather. All the play areas are fully open and there is lots of fun to be had.

For more information, and to help make the most of your visit, have a look at our exciting new website.

Kearsney Parks website

A new website (www.kearsneyparks.co.uk) designed by Dover District Council is showcasing the Kearsney Parks, following the completion of the £3.1 million programme of improvements at Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.

The website, which also covers Bushy Ruff, helps people to plan their visit and explore the upgraded visitor facilities, learn about the history, flora and fauna of the parks, keep up to date with the latest news, and find out ways to get involved through volunteering.

Designed to be viewed on a range of devices, from smartphones and tablets to desktop computers, the website is also accessible for a range of user groups and is screen-reader friendly. For more information, please see the recent Press Release.

Kearsney Abbey, Russell Gardens & Bushy Ruff

The grand border in Russell Gardens is coming into full flower and is looking beautiful with a mix of shrubs, grasses and herbaceous plants.

The orchard is establishing well, and fruits are forming on the trees.

Buffy Ruff continues to be a wonderful habitat for wildlife and is where you can start the 2.6 mile Kearsney Loop walk. Maps are available in the Kearsney Café.

Kearsney Parks 2023 Calendar

The 2022 Kearsney Calendar sold well both online and at the café. We are now looking for photos for the 2023 calendar. If you have any photos that you feel will be suitable, please do send them in. At the moment, we are looking for photos for July and August. In order for us to display these photos, the preferred format is landscape. Please email any photos to kearsney.parks@dover.gov.uk


The parks continue to be a haven for wildlife, including ducklings, cygnets, baby coots and moorhens. Please continue to be aware and watch out for wildlife when you are visiting and ensure your dogs are under control and on their leads in the designated areas of the park.

Visitors are also reminded that Avian Influenza is circulating in seabirds and other wildlife in Kent. If you see a dead bird or other wildlife where cause of death is unclear, please do not touch or move it. Keep away and do not let your pet (especially dogs) go near. If you find a dead bird or other wildlife on public land, for removal and disposal, please call the district council.

Volunteering at Kearsney Parks

Thank you to all the amazing volunteers who continue to help keep the parks looking so lovely. We have regular volunteers that litter pick and volunteer tasks take place weekly.

We continue with general maintenance within the parks, including on the grand border in Russell Gardens and on Coxhill Mount. 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. 

Keep in touch

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