Monday, July 27, 2020

ECOLOGICAL VANDALISM AT BETTESHANGER

From the Friends of Betteshanger Group

Betteshanger is the former coal mining pit in East Kent that closed in the 1980s. It comprises of two areas - the former spoil heap now a Country Park and the Pit head itself . Both sites have been purchased by a property developer following the collapse of  Hadlow College. Nature has recovered at both....


Quinn Estates have submitted a new Ecological Appraisal of the Betteshanger site to Dover District Council as part of their planning application to build over 200 houses there. Surveys have been done and they show that the site is full of wildlife. It also makes their intentions clear - plans will not be changed to accommodate the wildlife or its habitats, no matter how rare or protected. If they are in the way they will be removed. For example:

An area of priority woodland, where they want to build 6 housing units is in the way. They could choose not to build here but, no, the woodland will be removed.

There's a badger sett in this woodland. It's in the way so it too will be 'closed'. A metal barrier will be used to prevent access for the badgers and then the sett will be dug out. Badgers are protected by law. 



There are turtle dove territories on the site. They too are in the way and will be destroyed. Turtle doves are a Red listed species and in danger of becoming extinct.

Then there is the priority Open Mosaic habitat that is found on areas proposed for housing.

Even though it contains a suite of rare and protected plants it too will be destroyed.

There are 6 different bat species using the site. Some have made a roost in the old biomass boiler building. This is in the way so both building and bat roost will go. Bats are protected by law.

Great crested newts have been detected in one of the ponds on site. Planned works might result in their disappearance. They are protected by law.

Then there are smooth newts, slow worms, common lizards, over 180 birds using the site, over 100 flower species. Habitat for hares, hedgehogs, harvest mice and unknown numbers of insects and invertebrates. What will be their fate ?

How can this be allowed to happen ?

Developers will claim , 'Ah, yes, but its OK because we will 'mitigate'. Quinn Estates propose to change an area of Betteshanger Park, which is habitat in its own right.

But mitigation doesn't stop the destruction and it doesn't stop a green, wildlife rich space becoming a massive housing estate.

This kind of ecological vandalism must be challenged, especially at this time of unprecedented declines in biodiversity all round the planet. It can be stopped but only if enough people object to the planning application and only if the planning committee at Dover District Council reject the application.

Please help. Send in objections to Dover District Council, planning application number 20/00419. Time is short. A decision on this proposal will be made within a few weeks.

For further details email friendsofbetteshanger@hotmail.com

Find them too on Facebook.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Walmer Castle Beach Clean 26th July 2020



Thank you to all our 43 volunteers on our socially distanced Walmer Castle Beach Clean who collected 40 kilos of rubbish this morning. 

Big thanks to Charles, Vicky, Sonja, John and Steve for organising.

We had effectively 7 mini cleans of 6 people each every 15min, each with a different area on 2km of beach to clean. all kit disinfected before and after use.

The new booking, check-in and pickup system worked well but would welcome feedback from any attendees

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Deal With It - July 2020 update

Our first community beach clean since feb will be on the beach in front of walmer castle on Sunday 26th July.
Please note we are restricting numbers with multiple mini-starts which must be booked in advance at:
If you have a bubble group of 6 people you want to pick with please contact us at info@dealwithit.org.uk
We will have 2m markers at the start area, all pickers will be disinfected before and after the clean and we will have hand cleanser but if you have your own gloves or hand cleaner please bring it.
Full details of clean will be sent to those registered and we ask people not just to turn up on the day.

We have also managed to keep our Gleans going with colleagues from Hythe Environmental Community Group and the Kent Gleaning Network – in fact we have nearly bought 1.5 tons of food back into the district and collectively over 15 tons going to east kent and regional food charities.
We have had to restrict numbers at these but think we can safety have a few more on during the fruit season gleans from the end of this month. These are at short notice and can be hard work! If you want to be added to the Gleaning list please email us at info@dealwithit.org.uk

Our work at the community gardens at the Landmark, Deal Station Garden and Captains Garden has continued during the lockdown and new volunteers are always welcome.
-          landmark@dealwithit.org.uk
-          station@dealwithit.org.uk
-          captainsgardendeal@gmail.com
The Captain’s Garden has now about 4-6 sessions each week and is looking at options for an bookable open days in August.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Thank you the Rotary Club of Deal

A big thank you to the Rotary Club of Deal for funding our latest batch of Litter Hoops. 

It is much appreciated and we hope to be using them very soon xxx

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Restarting Community Beach Cleans


We are looking to get small scale community beach cleans going again from July in Deal and Walmer.

We are going to do a small pilot one this month where we can practice some of the organisational stuff that is been recommended by the Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage.

The cleans will have a number of start times with limited numbers with some sort of booking system

more info should follow over the next two weeks

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Deal Community Beach Cleans Cancelled 22/3 and 12/4


IMPORTANT NOTICE:

BEACH CLEANS: We are cancelling the cleans on 22/3 and the 12/4.


We been advised by the marine charities we work with on the beach cleans - Surfers Against Sewage and the Marine Conservation Society - in light of recent announcements by the government to cancel our mass beach cleans until further notice.

We will be doing pop-up ones individually in the meanwhile to get our regular fix.

COMMUNITY GARDEN EVENTS: These are smaller scale and will continue but ask our volunteers to take the usual precautions on their own health, follow guidance on clean hands and tools

INDOORS Meetings: these have all been cancelled for the foreseeable future

All Take Care - there are a number of mutual aid initiatives locally and we will be actively promoting them

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Deal Seedy Saturday Winter 22 Feb 2020


Thank you to everyone who came to our Seedy Saturday yesterday - quite a lot of swaps done and £60 in donations. 

Thanks to Landmark Ukes for playing for us, Grounds Up (with their plant pots made out of recycled coffee grinds), Ade & Sue of the Deal Free Trees (all went - so 500 in last year) Deal Hop Farm (Chris & Jane) and Penny, Vicky, Lucy and Sue on the swap table.

 The next Seedy Saturday is Sat 9th May





Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Deal With It - Whats On February 2020

Deal With It - Transition Deal

Whats On February 2020

Saturday 22nd February – Deal Seedy Saturday 10:30am Landmark Garden
(please bring/donate labelled seeds + DHF Rhizome pickup day)

Tuesday 25th February – Captain’s Garden @ Deal Castle 10am to 12ish

Thursday 27th February - Captain’s Garden @ Deal Castle 10am to 12ish

Saturday 29th February – Deal Station Gardening Group 10:30 to 12:30

Please let Sonja know if you can make it station@dealwithit.org.uk

Tuesday 3rd March– Captain’s Garden @ Deal Castle 10am to 12ish (Then every Tuesday)

Wednesday 4th March – Landmark Garden Group 10am to 12 (1st Weds of each Month)

Wednesday 4th March – East Kent Climate Action 7pm Dealability (then every fortnight)

Thursday 5th March - Captain’s Garden @ Deal Castle 10am to 12ish (then every Thurs)

Thursday 5th March Deal Station Clean up Crew 2:30pm (Meet at Triangle – Ramsgate Side)

Saturday 14th March – Deal Hop Farm – Rhizome pick up stall 10:00 to 12

Wednesday 18th March – East Kent Climate Action 7pm Dealability (then every fortnight)

Sunday 22nd March – Walmer Community Beach Clean Sea Café 9:30am

(part of Great British Spring Clean)

Sunday 29th March – Deal Station Gardening Group 10:30 to 12:30

Please let Sonja know if you can make it station@dealwithit.org.uk

Sunday 12th April – Sandown Castle Community Beach Clean, 9:30am Sandown Castle end of Deal Beach. Part of Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean Series

Bank Holiday Monday 13th April – Captain’s Garden Open Day 10:30 to 3pm Deal Castle

Sunday 19th April – East Kent Permaculture Gathering/Picnic Stream Community Garden Whitstable 11am to 2pm

·       Please register interest at

·       We will organise a car share from Deal – please email info@dealwithit.org.uk if either you need a share or willing to give a lift

·       Poster enclosed

·       Please bring something to eat

A supportive Bioregional network to help make Permaculture more visible and accessible and to share inspiration

Activities:

·       Tour of Garden

·       Short session to meet each other.

·       Short talks on a range of Permaculture subjects:

·       What is Permaculture?

·       Vegan organics.

·       Pollinators

·       Children in Permaculture

·       Low carbon Living

·       Foraging

·       Things you can do in a small garden

·       Hot drinks available

·       Donations welcome toward Streamwalk Community garden and East Kent Permaculture Network

·       PLEASE BOOK A PLACE AT:

·       https://permaculturepicnic.eventbrite.co.uk

Saturday 9th May – Spring Deal Seedy Saturday (Dig for Victory ??) 10:30am Landmark Garden

Bank Holiday Monday 25th May – Walmer Castle Community Beach Clean 9:30am

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Deal Beach Clean 2nd Feb 2020

Thank you to our 50 volunteers on today's Deal Beach Clean who collected 18.6kgs (mainly small plastic).

The Marine Conservation Society logging also happened which found 1.2kilos of small plastic in a 100m stretch of the beach.

A number of Cleaners found some Palm Oil today (which is poisonous to dogs) so please let any doggy friends know.

Also Found the address book and bag in photo.

Our next clean is on March 22nd March 9:30am Sea Café Walmer Green





Deal Hop Farm Launchs its 4th Season - Thursday 6th Feb 6:30pm

Deal Hop Farm - The community hop growing project in and around Deal - Has its Fourth season Launch on Thursday 6th Feb at the LightHouse Pub, The Strand Walmer at 6:30pm

The project which involved in 2019 over 250 sites & involved some 380 people in the area is a patchwork farm made up of people's back gardens, allotments and community spaces.

further info - email info@dealhopfarm.org.uk or Facebook Page Deal Hop Farm




Sunday, January 12, 2020

Kent Community Owned Energy - Canterbury Meetings 17/18 January



Help tackle the climate emergency, bring more money into our local area and improve life for people who live and work here.

The Centre for Sustainable Energy would like to invite you to come and find out more about an opportunity to get involved in Community Energy in Kent. Hear about what community energy groups across the country are doing and how you could help bring a 5 MW solar farm into community ownership. It’s a great opportunity to bring over £1million investment into our local area, and there’s plenty of support available to make it happen. Please see the attached leaflet for more information.

When: Friday 17th January, 1-3pm or Saturday 18th January 10:30am-12:30pm


Or call to book your place on 01179 341400 (ask for the communities team).



Deal With Whats On in January 2020



Monday 13th January – Dover Repair Café Biggin Hall 6:30pm (Transition Dover event)

Monday 13th January – East Kent Against Fracking AGM 7.30pm Landmark Centre

Tuesday 14th January – Captain’s Garden @ Deal Castle 10am to 12ish

Thursday 16th January - Captain’s Garden @ Deal Castle 10am to 12ish

Friday 17th January – Kent Community Energy presentation Canterbury 1pm

Tuesday 21th January – Captain’s Garden @ Deal Castle 10am to 12ish

Weds 22nd January – East Kent Climate Action Group, 7pm Dealability (meets every fortnight)

Weds 22nd January – Kent Fisheries & Me (Guardians of the Deep) 6:30pm Landmark Centre
[IFCA – Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority Kent]

Thursday 23rd January - Captain’s Garden @ Deal Castle 10am to 12ish

Thursday 23rd January – Deal Station Garden Group 2pm

Sunday 26th January – Deal Hop Farm AGM 4pm Landmark Centre

Saturday 1st February – Designing creative spaces for children with Permaculture
New School Canterbury book here

Sunday 2nd February – Deal Community Beach Clean 10am Deal Pier
(part of Marine Conservation Society survey)

Tuesday 4th February – Captain’s Garden @ Deal Castle 10am to 12ish (then every Tues)

Wednesday 5th February – Landmark Garden Group 10am to 12 (1st Weds of each Month)

Thursday 6th February - Captain’s Garden @ Deal Castle 10am to 12ish (then every Thurs)

Thursday 6th February Deal Station Clean up Crew 2:30pm

Thursday 6th February – East Kent Permaculture Gathering (Canterbury Please email for details)

Thursday 6th February – Deal Hop Farm Season IV Launch meeting Lighthouse pub 6:30pm

Thursday 6th February – East Kent Permaculture Gathering (Canterbury Please email for details)

Saturday 15th February – Dover Repair Café Biggin Hall Dover 1pm (Transition Dover)

Saturday 15th February – Guardians of Deep Conference Pines Calyx St Margarets TBC

Tuesday 18th February – Coastal Guardians Training 1pm Landmark
This is the last one !

Saturday 22nd February – Deal Seedy Saturday 10:30am Landmark Garden

(please bring/donate labelled seeds + DHF Rhizome pickup day)

Sunday 22nd March – Walmer Community Beach Clean Sea Café 9:30am
(part of Great British Spring Clean)

Sunday 12th April – Sandown Castle Community Beach Clean, 9:30am Sandown Castle end of Deal Beach. Part of Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean Series

Bank Holiday Monday 13th April – Captain’s Garden Open Day 10:30 to 3pm Deal Castle

April – East Kent Permaculture Gathering Whitstable TBC

Saturday 9th May – Spring Deal Seedy Saturday (Dig for Victory ??) 10:30am Landmark Garden

Bank Holiday Monday 25th May – Walmer Castle Community Beach Clean 9:30am