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Local views will shape future of Betteshanger Country Park

Residents across East Kent have the opportunity to help shape the future of Betteshanger Country Park, near Deal, and how it celebrates the area’s mining heritage.

The online survey closes in August. It is part of the team’s commitment to ensuring the Park, its visitor centre and the Kent Mining Museum, meet the needs and interests of as many local people as possible.

The survey asks visitors how they currently use the Park, how often, and what for, whether it’s cycling, walking, orienteering or simply spending the day out with the family.

Recognising that the Park is on the site of the former Betteshanger Colliery, the last mine to close in East Kent, the survey also asks for feedback on the plans for the Kent Mining Museum, and what they would like to see celebrated in it.

Last December, Betteshanger Sustainable Parks secured a Heritage Lottery Fund development grant to bring forward the plans for the Kent Mining Museum. The Park’s new visitor centre is scheduled to open in Summer 2016, with the museum opening the following year.

Sarah Brown, Museum and Heritage Manager, said: “The survey is vital to the success of the application for a further Heritage Lottery Fund grant, and to creating an engaging experience for our visitors, now and in the future. Our application for a delivery grant will be submitted in March next year.”

The team recently asked visitors to the Park to give their views during a series of workshops held over a weekend.

The Park, which was until recently known as Fowlmead Country Park, is operated as part of the Betteshanger Sustainable Parks project, being led by Hadlow College, and integral to the regeneration of the former mining community in East Kent.

Issued by Maxim PR on behalf of Betteshanger Sustainable Parks

Posted on 28/07/2015