Mining Heritage Museum

Activity day marks important next step for Betteshanger

A day of activities will celebrate the change of name of Fowlmead Country Park, to Betteshanger Country Park, and the work being done to regenerate the former mining community near Deal, in East Kent.

An afternoon of mining-related afternoon of activities on Saturday 18 July, will include artist-led drawing workshops for all ages. The first art session, between noon and 2pm, will look at mining heritage through the drawing of mining-related objects.

Later in the afternoon visitors can explore the Park and sketch the nature now colonising it. The former spoil tip, now has established woodlands, wetlands and reed beds teeming with wildlife.

Some of the visitors will be able to leave their mark, as a number of the drawings will then be used to decorate a community area of the building hoardings during the construction of the Visitor Centre later this year. 

Visitors will also have the opportunity to cycle and walk around the 200 acre site, visitors will be able to pop along and meet former miners and see their equipment.

Richard Morsley, Director of Betteshanger Sustainable Parks, said: “This is much more than simply a change of name.

“It is all about recognising the area’s mining heritage and marks an important step in realising the vision of Betteshanger Sustainable Parks. It also formally marks the arrival of Hadlow Group on site and our team’s commitment to the area.”

The Park’s team responsible for delivering the proposed Kent Mining Museum, which is an integral part of the Visitor Centre, will be on hand to talk to people about their views and vision for the museum.

Ahead of work starting on the construction of the new Visitor Centre, the children’s play is currently being relocated and will open to visitors shortly.

For further information on the event visit: (live from Wednesday 15th July)

Issued by Maxim PR on behalf of Betteshanger Sustainable Parks

Posted on 14/07/2015