Monday, February 18, 2019

Deal Hop Farm - Stalls for Rhizome pick ups

Deal Hop Farm has three dates for rhizome pick ups

  • Saturday 23rd Feb - Seedy Saturday - Landmark Garden 10:30 to 12:15
  • Saturday 2nd March - Landmark Garden 10:30 to 12:15
    Saturday 16th March - Landmark Garden 10:30 to 12:15

Always best to order in advance for existing and new members

Deal Seedy Saturday 23rd Feb from 10.30

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Deal 'Market of Green Ideas'

Thank you to everyone who came to our Market of Green Ideas on Saturday - Hope you all got some cake!

Special thanks to all those who ran the stalls, those who helped organise the event and baked and the staff at the town hall.

  • Beach Clean Team
  • Trees for Deal
  • Deal Station Gardeners & Clean Up Crew
  • Deal Hop Farm
  • Dover Repair Café & Transition Dover
  • Guardians of Deep
  • Deal Frock Swap
  • Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory
  • Plastic Free Deal
  • Deal NGS
  • Refill East Kent
  • Deal & Dover Fairtrade
  • Captains Garden Group
It was great to celebrate our 12th birthday with a very busy 2018:
  • 5,369 Volunteer Hours
  • 15 Community Beach Cleans
  • 1,106 Kilos of rubbish collected from Deal & Walmer Beaches
  • 22 Refill stations in the Town
  • some 902 volunteers on our community Beach Cleans
  • 15 Plastic Free Businesses
  • 210 sites growing hops with some 330 people involved
  • 3,815 people engaged on public events like Seedy Saturday, Captain's Garden Open Days etc
  • 2 great local beers brewed with over 12k pints
  • 100+ trees given away
  • and probably the smallest barley field in the world

We are grateful for the Deal Town Council kindly waiving their rental of the town hall.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Market of Green Ideas and DWI Hoohaa (birthday party+AGM=Cake) Sat 2nd Feb

Deal Hop Farm 2nd AGM

2nd AGM of the Deal Hop Farm was held the Astor Theatre on Sunday. 

42 sites / 52 people including colleagues from Hythe Hops our sister organisation in Hythe. Special thank you to Dr Peter Darby for his interesting talk on where our Prima Donna hops came from and managing the diseases and pests.

The launch of the third season starts in Feb ...

DHF will have stall at the Market of Green Ideas on the 2nd at the town hall and a launch meeting at the Lighthouse on the 7th at 6.30pm Plus stalls at Landmark on 10/23rd Feb and 2nd March

Sunday, January 27, 2019

'Cuddle Earth' Beach Clean at Sandwich Bay

There was 50+ volunteers on the 'Cuddle Earth' ( a local Sandwich toy company which is supporting Surfers against Sewage) at a cold and windy Sandwich Bay today.

About 90kgs collected by the volunteers in about 1.30.

Thank you the Deal With It volunteers who helped run the event - Rose, Rosin, Wallace, John, Graham and Steve. Great to see many Guardians of the Deep there :)

The next Deal With It Beach Clean will be at Deal Pier on Sunday 24th February at 10am. This will part of the Marine Conservation Society's national survey of beaches so we will be logging what we find

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Deal With It - January Update

We had a great start to the year with 120 volunteers out on our first Community Beach Clean of 2019 on the 1stJanuary

Lots happening and to get involved with in 2019.

It also our 12th Birthday in February !

Sunday 27th January – ‘Cuddle Earth’ Sandwich Bay Beach Clean 10am

We are supporting a local Sandwich Toy Company who wants to organise beach cleans at the bay as part of their support for Surfers Against Sewage charity.

Please tell the Toll Operatives you are here for ‘Cuddle Earth Beach Clean’ and you will not be charged for accessing the bay

Meeting on Princes Drive nr the first bin store on the beach - Its going to be cold so please dress toastie + bring a flask with a warm drink

Sunday 27th January – Deal Hop Farm AGM 6pm Astor Theatre
Special guest speaker: Dr Peter Darby of Wye Hops/British Hop Association

Monday 28th January – Dover Repairs Cafe
Biggin Hall, Biggin St Dover – 18:30 to 20:30

Thursday 7th February – Deal Hop Farm:
3rd Season Launch Meeting 6:30pm

Lighthouse Pub, Strand (new 2019 membership form enclosed)

Saturday 2nd February – 'Deal Market of Green Ideas' (+Inc DWI HooHaa/AGM)
Deal Town Hall 10:30 to 1pm
Come to our 12yr Birthday Party ! Includes Deal With It AGM, Cakes + Tea, stalls on Beach Cleans, Deal Hop Farm, Station Garden, Captains Garden, Plastic Free Deal, Refill East Kent, Deal Forest, Landmark Garden, Guardians of Deep and Trees for Deal project.

Also some very interesting projects for 2019 on Deal Preserves Co-op, work on rare Kent moths with Butterfly Conservation Trust and supporting Cycle Friendly Deal

Thursday 7th February - Deal Station Clean Up Crew 2pm to 4pm

Thursday 15th February - Deal Station Clean planting 10am to Noonish

Saturday 23rd February – Seedy Saturday: Seed and plant swap
Landmark Garden 10:30 to 12:30pm

Sunday 24th February – MCS Beach Clean Deal Pier 9.30am
One of two annual Marine Conservation Society cleans where we log what we find.

Saturday 23rd March – Big Spring Clean Beach Clean – Walmer 9:30am
Meet at Sea Café

Sunday 14th April – Surfers Against Sewage ‘Big Spring Beach Clean’ Sandown Castle 9:30am

PLUS Our Regular weekly sessions at the Captain’s Garden are every Tuesday and Thursday 10am to Noonish – All Welcome. can be weather dependent

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Cuddle Earth Beach Clean at Sandwich Bay 27th January 10am

Deal With It is supporting the 'Cuddle Earth' Beach Clean at  Sandwich Bay on Sunday 27th January 2019 at 10am meet at the first set of bins on Princes Drive (direction of Princes Golf Club).

If you tell the attendents on the Toll booths you are coming to the 'Cuddle Earth Beach Clean' you will not be charged the Toll fee of £7

More info on Cuddle Earth  - They are local Sandwich toy firm supporting Surfers Against Sewage

Friday, January 4, 2019

Extinction Rebellion is coming to Kent 5th January 2019

There will be an Extinction Rebellion event in Canterbury 11:00 Saturday 5th January 2019 near the Guildhall.

The event is part of the global protest at the lack of local, regional and national action to mitigate the causes of climate change. The rebellion objectives have been well documented in the media and perhaps you and some your group members have been participating in recent London action. The objectives are:

The Government must tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and work alongside the media to communicate with citizens.
The Government must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels.

A national Citizen’s Assembly to oversee the changes, as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose.

Please do circulate this to your members to let them know about the event so that as many as possible Canterbury and surrounding areas environmentally concerned citizens can participate.

 Together we hope to demonstrate the scale of our collective demand to have a new and bolder approach to tackling the causes of climate change

Event and contact details:

More about Extinction Rebellion

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Volunteer day at Captain's Garden Tuesday 8th January 2019 from 10am

Deal With It working with English Heritage are trying to bring the buildings at the Captain's Garden back into use in 2019.

There are plans for a café in the Cottage and to make the Stable block into a community space / art exhibition area.

On Tuesday 8th Jan we will clearing the stable 10am to 2pm and volunteers are very welcome.

If you can make it please bring gloves / broom/ brush etc

This is part of our partnership with English Heritage to bring the full Garden back in use by the local community.

This work day will be one of a series to get the Stable into a condition that it can be used by the community. There will be a need for EH to do some minor building work to the ceiling and getting the toilet /kitchen operational again during the year.

The Space has electricity, later on water and hopefully WIFI once the Café in Cottage is operational.

We think the space has a lot of potential for community use; classes & meetings, exhibition space, workshop space. please drop us a line with ideas to

The Captains Garden Group has a Facebook page at @CaptainsGardenDeal

The garden team are there every Tuesday and Thursday between 10am to Noon. New volunteers very welcome

The idea for 2019 is to formalise the arrangements with English Heritage for the site by establishing a Community Interest Company (CIC) or similar, with the objective for this year to develop a master plan for the whole site which the wider community in Deal and Walmer can shape.

The site at the Captain's Garden is not a priority for English Heritage within their portfolio nor is it likely they will be able to fund any major development in the near future but they very supportive of our initiative and willing to work with us.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

First Deal Beach Clean of 2019

Thank you to our amazing 120 volunteers on our first community beach clean of 2019. 

Over 75 kilos of rubbish picked up (21 kilos bottles + Cans, 1kg of plastic bottles all recycled) on a beautiful morning to be on our beach.

DDC had been out early to take most of the celebratory rubbish off the prom

Thanks to Deal With It Volunteers Vicky, Sonja, Rose, Paul, Graham, Mark,  Nick & Steve for sorting stuff out, setup and pack away

Our next scheduled clean is on 24th Feb again at Deal Pier (this one is part of the national Marine Conservation Society's monitoring programme) plus we are supporting the 'Cuddle Earth' clean for Surfers Against Sewage on Sunday 27th January 10am Sandwich Bay (more details soon on this)

Great start to 2019 - Happy New Year Deal

Future dates:

Saturday 23rd March - Walmer Beach part of the National 'Big Spring Clean'

Sunday 14th April - Sandown Castle end

Monday, December 17, 2018

Deal Cycle Forum Gathering 5th January 10:30am

Calling All Cyclists!

Cycle Friendly Deal invites you to a Gathering
of local cyclists at the Town Hall

Following Deal Town Council’s successful bid for funding from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund, Cycle Friendly Deal is now up and running.

We are organising a Gathering for local cyclists
10.30am-12pm on Saturday 5th January
in the Chamber of Deal Town Hall.
We would be delighted if you could join us.

We would like as many local cyclists - and people who ride bikes but don’t call themselves “cyclists” - to come along to this get together on the first Saturday of 2019, as we need your help. To make this project as successful as possible we need The Knowledge. We hope that bringing local riders together will enable us to capture lots of valuable Deal cycling knowledge and an understanding of the issues Deal cyclists face.

At the Gathering, we will also share the latest project developments and be talking about ways that cyclists can directly help the project by undertaking surveys, sharing photos and videos, organising rides and events, and potentially establishing a new Deal Cycle Forum

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Walmer Beach Clean 16th Dec 2018

Thank you to our 40 volunteers on today's Community Beach Clean on a glorious Walmer Seafront.

Fantastic weather and Hut 55 café looked after us very well with free teas and coffee to go with our mince pies.

We collected over 53kgs this morning with about 10kgs of recyclable bottles and cans.

The stats for this year are truly amazing: on our 15 beach cleans we have collect well over a metric ton of rubbish 1106kgs with at least some 902 volunteers who donated 1426 hours. This is more than double our 2017 figures and we thought that was our best year!

Thank you everyone who has supported the beach cleans this year - you are all awesome x

Our next community beach clean is on Tuesday 1st January 2019 at 10am meeting at Deal Pier. consider it part of your post-celebratory recovery and a great way to start the New Year.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Winter Solstice Celebration - Friday 21st December 5:30pm to 7pm

We have our end of season celebration on Friday 21st December  5:30pm to 7pm (NB: As this event in the Garden it is subject to the weather - and may be cancelled if too wet or windy)

We will have mulled music, wine, food and company to gather in celebration on all what we have done in 2018.... the idea is for everyone to bring jars and tea lights to cover the landmark garden in candle light to chase away the darkness …

Event is free …. donations and food to share is welcome. Children must be accompanied by adult.

It would be helpful to bring a mug for the mulled stuff

Monday, December 10, 2018

100 trees for Deal, Christmas and the Planet

Deal With It, Deal’s local green community group, is giving away one hundred trees this Christmas as a response to recent UN IPCC report on Climate Change.

Adrian Sullivan co-organiser of the initiative said “We wanted to do something positive and practical in response to the recent IPCC ‘life changing’ report on Climate Change.

Trees are a symbol of hope and a real investment for the future.

We see this as a first wave of this initiative and we will be looking at activities in 2019 to foster tree planting in public and private spaces.”

Sue Sullivan co-organiser of the initiative said “The trees in scheme are all native ones; Dogwood, Blackthorne, Hawthorne, Crab apple, Cherry Plum, Blind Cherry, Hazel, Spindle and Guelder Rose.

As well as locking in carbon and cleaning the air of pollution all these varieties are also beneficial to wildlife.

Trees also come with planting and care instructions.

We see this as a small first step to greening Deal, eventually creating a virtual forest in the town”

Adrian and Sue will have the trees available on Friday 14th December from 10am to 1pm at the Landmark Garden and will also be at the Deal With It ‘Winter Solstice Celebration’ on Friday 21st December between 5:30pm to 7pm.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Next Gleans in East Kent ... 28/11

It's been our busiest ever gleaning year in Kent. So far we've run 25 gleans (most of which have been in the past two months) and alongside our usual public gleans, we've been working with school and educational groups to get children and young people out into the fields and undertaking classroom sessions exploring ways to reduce food waste. But we're not finished yet!

In December we'll be running more classroom sessions and our final two gleans which are listed below. If you'd like to join us on either or both of these days please sign up using the following link:

28th November: 10am until 2-3pm (weather dependent) we'll be gleaning apples from a farm near Sandwich (CT13)

14th December: 11am until 2-3pm (weather dependent) we'll be gleaning potatoes (already harvested) and leafy veg from a farm near Wingham (CT3)

Children are very welcome on the apple glean but I'm afraid we're restricted to volunteers over the age of 18 on the potato and cabbage glean as we'll be using knives to cut the cabbages.

I'm away this coming weekend so travel arrangements for the 28th will be done on Monday. Do please ensure you've signed up by then if you'd like to join us as there won't be much time for me to arrange lifts and station collections upon my return. You'll get the usual call out email for the glean on 14th December nearer the time, but if you'd like to sign up early please do (it makes organising these days so much easier when we have the luxury of planning ahead).

I do hope you can join us for a final fruit or veg rescue mission in 2018!

Kind rhubarbs,