September / October Update

Published Wednesday 1 November 2023 in General category



General update

With autumn upon us, all three parks are beginning to show their autumn colours. The long border is still full of colour with the rose hips and seed heads coming into their own.

The Halloween Community Trail in the park was a wand-erful success yesterday. The weather held out and over 250 children took part. They were invited to look for the witch’s friends hidden in the park, and after enjoying a spell around the park, they were treated with a cookie waiting for them in the cafe. There was also the chance to try out a range of arts and crafts, and to meet and chat with partners from the RSPCA, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, Kent Police, and DDC’s communities team in the Community Roots Van.

The new tree trail that was launched in June has proved popular. Copies of the self-guided Kearsney Abbey Tree Trail can still be collected from the Kearsney Café, where the trail starts, or downloaded online at

The café opening times until the end of November are 9am to 4pm. The times do change throughout the winter months, so please keep an eye on the Kearsney Parks website for the latest details. There is an autumn special offer until 5 November - Pumpkin Latte £3.75, served with a pumpkin biscuit and whipped cream.


The kingfishers have been spotted again in the parks. The cormorants continue to be seen fishing and drying themselves on the side of the lakes.

Volunteers have been carrying out surveys of both butterflies and reptiles in Kearsney Abbey. The results have been very positive, with a healthy population of slow worms within the area surveyed.

Kearsney Parks Calendar

The 2024 Kearsney Parks Calendar is set to be available from the café from 1 November, priced £6. For the latest information, please see the Kearsney Parks website.

Volunteering at Kearsney Parks 

Volunteer tasks continue in the parks on a weekly basis. We continue to carry out general maintenance in the parks, including autumn maintenance on the grand border in Russell Gardens, and we hope to start clearance work on Coxhill Mount in November/December.

If you are interested in volunteering, and would like to be put on our database, please get in touch at


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

We are always happy to receive photos taken in the park, so please feel free to send any photos in and we will try to use them, not only in our publications, but also in the Kearsney Parks Calendar.

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Keep in touch

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