A Spring action on the Dover Esplanade


A day’s maintenance on the much loved shingle planting on the Dover Esplanade in March 2015 coincided with a visit from UCA student, Clarissa Anne Beveridge, who had her camera with her! The shingle planting of  wild plants in 2012 has been successful and has become a real feature of the sea front.

Under the professional guidance of Samphire Hoe’s Paul Holt and Gill Rudge, and in collaboration with Dover Harbour Board’s gardener, Tom, a morning was spent raking and thinning to enable the new seeds to find a place to grow.

Clarrissa is interested in action in the public space.

As a student from Dover, previously studying at Dover Grammar School for Girls, I have a personal interest in the White Cliffs. The chalk cliffs at Dover form an important element of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a nationally important and protected landscape. Through my UCA module I have proposed an opportunity to collaborate in an art project, focused upon the location and visitors at Samphire Hoe. The project will encourage visitors to think about art work in wider terms, through a process of work engaging with the place and site. I have recently begun exploring new ways to creatively engage groups in the outdoor environment. My proposed project FIELDWORK is collection of outdoor events created for visitors and led in collaboration with artists, wardens and participants.