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Betteshanger Park, Deal

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Betteshanger Country Park is near Deal, in Kent, England.HistoryThis 365acre park is situated on the site of a former spoil tip of the former Betteshanger Colliery, one of the largest collieries in Kent. The colliery opened in 1924–30 and closed in 1989. The spoil tip was located to the north east of the former colliery. The original area (before the spoil tip) was known as Foulmead Marsh and the community (with help from Dover District Council) chose the name of the new park to be Fowlmead (Fowl – "bird", Mead - "meadow"). In May 2015, it was announced that the Hadlow Group had acquired Fowlmead and would be rebranding the park as Betteshanger Country Park, as part of the wider Betteshanger Sustainable Parks regeneration program.Fowlmead Country Park and Nature Reserve was initially developed under the management of the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) with £18.8 million funding from English Partnerships, as part of the National Coalfields Programme(NCP). It was opened in May 2007 by Sir David Bellamy, in association with Sport England.The existing visitor centre was part-funded by SEEDA and Sport England. The surface material of the entire park (shale from the colliery) was mixed with recycled green waste and fertiliser to create a rich topsoil and 130,000 shrubs and trees were planted.
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  • August 12, 2017
    I always loved this little jewel on my doorstep called Betteshanger Park with a lot of activities for anyone to choose and beautiful nature. Today my love became even stronger. The staff in the park i...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We were on holiday in Kent for a couple of weeks and came to Betteshanger three times. The first time we all went biking. We hired two bikes for the grownups plus one for our six year old and one for ...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Kite Festival advertised on Kiting UK website attracted us to this park. The parking is atrocious, nowhere near enough spaces, and the staff were unable to help. The parking was £3.00 for the whole da...  more »
  • Had a birthday party for our 12 year old daughter here with MY/PT and it was great fun. Highly recommend this for kids parties. Staff at MY/PT really good with the children. Brilliant.
  • Fantastic for the family. Lots of things to do. Just waiting on the new complex!
  • Fantastic place for all the family. Event held her often. Walking, running, bike riding. Parks!
  • Great place to take the kids for a days cycling or thier MY-PT. Look it up, its worth going.
  • Beautiful place for cycling and walking. Looking forward to all three buildings being established.

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