Lottery funding bears fruit with historic orchard restoration


An historic orchard is being restored at Russell Gardens in the latest phase of the Lottery funded restoration of Thomas Mawson’s c.1900 design for Kearsney Court gardens. 

A total of sixty-three fruit trees are being planted by Dover District Council’s Parks & Open Spaces team, including a variety of apple, pear, and cherry trees.  Espalier trained fruit trees have also been planted along the adjoining walled kitchen garden. 

Alongside its historical precedent, the orchard is also designed to encourage the local community to get involved to learn more about the trees and different varieties of fruit, and for volunteers to support its long-term maintenance.