Sunday, November 19, 2023

Sandown Castle Beach Clean 19th Nov 2023



Thank you to our 20 volunteers on this mornings Sandown Castle Beach Clean ....about 5 bags collected not including the two car tyres!

Our next one is Sunday 10th Dec at Sea Cafe Walmer ....there maybe mince 🥧 pies

#Beachclean #PickDealClean

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Deal Beach Clean 24th September 2023

Thank you our 17 volunteers on today's Deal Beach Clean. 
Beach was pretty good today with only 5 bags collected.

Our next dates:
October 29 Walmer Castle Beach 10am
November 19th Sandown Castle 10am
December 10th Walmer Beach 10am
January 1st Deal Pier 10am

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Asian Hornets Alert

Help is urgently needed to identify and report the Asian hornet. This arrived in France from China and has spread across Europe. It is not yet established in England but 6 nests have been found so far this year in Dover and Folkestone Districts. You may find it in your garden or in wasps traps – if you use them. 

How can you report a sighting? 
Take a photograph If in doubt go to: 
Contact your local Asian Hornet coordinator who will help you identify the insect using the map at: Asian Hornet Team map | British Beekeepers Association ( 

If certain it is an Asian Hornet, download the Asian Hornet Watch App and follow the instructions. This is an easy way to report sightings. 

If you don't have the App email your photos or videos to:

Why will they be such a big problem?
 Asian Hornets are more defensive than wasps and our native hornet. In other countries they are known to build their nests in sheltered sites such as sheds, roof spaces and garages, sometimes hedgerows and thickets. If their numbers increase, more members of the public will inevitably come into contact with them. Their sting is very venomous and people who normally do not react to wasp stings have been known to be hospitalized. Asian Hornets are known to feed on many different types of insects including butterflies, moths, beetles and many types of bees. Many of these are vital pollinators and also form a key part of the food chain for birds and small mammals. Loss of these insects will also cause loss of these birds, bats and other mammals.

Honey lovers. Asian Hornets also target honeybees. This will inevitably result in a reduced number of honey bees colonies and the associated honey crop.

What does the Asian hornet look like? 
See pictures. Its main features are: orangey face, mainly black body, one broad yellow band on its abdomen, mostly yellow legs, approx. 2 cm long. It bigger than wasps but smaller than the European Hornet.
Thank you for your help.

Sunday, April 30, 2023

Open Day Captains Garden 8th May 2023


Open Day - Chance to see this 300yr old walled garden opposite Deal Castle which is being brought back into community use by volunteers.

Free to enter - donations to the garden always welcome

Some rough music, rougher cakes and tool-shed tea. Asell as info on the garden and the volunteers plans

NB: There is no parking on site - please use the Castle or Tides public car parks
NB: We have no toilets at the garden
NB: The garden is still a Work-In-Progress so paths can be rough in places with wild bits nettles, brambles and fox holes etc. There is a step down at the entrance. So please be careful.
Dogs welcome with well behaved owners on leads

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Fareshare glean 20th April 2023


Thank you to all our gleaning volunteers from Hythe Environmental Community Group and our own team from Deal -Renate, Sally, Jill, Elaine G, Andrew, Elaine M, Lucy and Steve.
Two gleans today a cabbage glean for FareShare Kent of 80 crates plus another 60 crates/bags for local food charities in shepway, Dover and Thanet districts. A big thanks to farmer Geoff Philpott for hosting us.

We also managed to do a earlier potato glean in Preston. With thanks to Farmer Trevor and Steve Bradley for their support

A total haul for our group today of over 800 kilos and for the total effort about 1.6 tons


Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Captains Garden @ Deal Castle open day Easter Monday 10th April

Our next open day is on Easter Monday 10am to about 2pm... please pop in to see how we are progressing in bringing this lovely 300yr old secret garden back into community use. 

We are opposite Deal Castle on Victoria Rd Deal. 

We will have some music, cake and stalls from our beekeeper, Deal Hop Farm and Pick Deal Clean 

Nb. No toilets and no parking on site. 

As we are still a WIP our paths can be rough in places. So please take care and may not be suitable for all

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Rosie Rechter


We have some very sad news to pass on – our friend, founder and driving force of Deal With It for many years – Rosie Rechter died last Sunday.

Her funeral will be on Sunday 2nd April 2023 in Wye at Noon – full details and how you can leave messages & photos in remembrance and remote streaming is at

We were due to have our DWI AGM that day.

We have decided to postpone that for now (but the #PickDealClean Litter pick of the ancient highway due that day will continue at 10am) and have a later opportunity to properly remember her enormous contribution to us, the local community and the planet.

Lots of love to Norman and all her family and to her many, many friends on this sad loss

Friday, March 3, 2023

Friends of Betteshanger Crowd Justice Appeal

A coalition of The Friends of Betteshanger, CPRE Kent, Kent Wildlife Trust and RSPB are working together to safeguard the future of Betteshanger Country Park and its protected species.

Today our new Crowd Justice Fund raising appeal was launched.

 PLEASE SHARE and if you are able to donate thank you so much.