The memorial park was completed in the mid 1930s and was originally conceived as a memorial to those that lost their lives in the First World War (1914-1918)
Despite its relatively young age the park now forms an integral part of the town and is the largest public space in Herne Bay.
Get involved with Memorial park
We are working with a range of partners to improve the park including:
- The Friends of Memorial Park
- Herne Bay Improvement Trust
- Kent Enterprise Trust and Family Investment Homes
- Herne Bay High School
- Herne Bay in Bloom
We would like to hear from any other groups or individuals that would like to get involved.
The aim of the Kitchen Garden is to provide small gardening plots allowing those without opportunity or access to a garden the opportunity to grow fruit and vegetables in a pleasant setting.
Anyone interested in taking on a plot can contact the garden managers on 01227 741 807
What has been done with Memorial park
Recent projects to regenerate the park include:
- Renovated formal seasonal gardens with community groups - ongoing
- Refurbished bins, seating, gates and knee rail fencing
- Installed new toilet block adjacent to the playground
- Installed new information boards
- Improved the gardeners compound
- Interactive new playground (£150,000 investment in play facilities)
- Kitchen garden created by Family Investment Homes, Serco and Oak Apple Landscapes.
We aim to ensure the relaxed character of the park is conserved and enhanced. Our target is to achieve Green Flag status, a nationally recognised award for parks and open spaces. We look to:
- improve physical access and promote the park as a place for everyone to enjoy;
- maintain a healthy, safe and secure park;
- improve the environmental quality and sustainability of our working practices;
- conserve the historic landscapes within the park, telling the story of the past to today's visitors.
News about the trees
With reluctance the council will begin work to remove diseased horse chestnut trees in the park. Chairman of the Friends of Memorial Park said "unfortunately the horse chestnut trees have a disease called bleeding canker to which there is no known cure". The concerns were confirmed by specialist tree consultants Quaife. A gradual removal of the horse chestnut trees will take about 10 years and involve replanting the trees with a range of native species.
A number of ideas for the felled trees are being considered including using the fallen trees for sculptures, for casual play and for local schools to help plant new trees.