Monday, July 16, 2018

Deal Bins - Please report overflowing bins to DDC

We are campaigning with other community organisations to get the bins in Deal and Walmer upgraded to seagull and animal proof, with dual recycling, and around the pier larger capacity as well as asking the Council looking at the emptying schedule especially around the busier summer months.

You can help by reporting it. 

If you see a bin which is full, please report it online at: 'DDC Report a Overflowing Bin':.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Seedy Saturday 21st July

Our Next edition of our quarterly Seed and plant swaps will be on Saturday 21st July from about 11am in the Landmark Garden. Please bring any spare plants or seeds to swap

Monday, July 9, 2018

Deal TV video on the Captain's Garden 'National Meadows Day'

Thank you to Deal TV for featuring us on their most recent posting:

Deal TV YouTube Channel can be found here - lots of interesting local stories

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Sandown Beach Clean 7th July

Thank you to our 40 volunteers on today's Community Beach Clean at Sandown Castle - we collected some 75kilos of rubbish - only 5k of which could be recycled. 

We also found a set of keys which will be handed into the Town Hall on Monday. 

Unfortunately we also found a Dead Seal about 800m north of the castle - This has been reported. Next Clean is at Walmer on the 25th August

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Deal Hop Farm Wins top horticultural award

The Deal Hop Farm - our Community Hop growing project in and around Deal - has been awarded a top national horticulture award - the Horticulture Week Custodian Award for 'Best Community Initiative'

Nominated by Mark Brent, Head Gardener for English Heritage's Walmer Castle Gardens

Friday, June 29, 2018

Deal Town Council votes to support 'Plastic Free Deal'

Deal Town Council has voted to support 'Plastic Free Deal' this week. 

Addressed by Helen Matthews and Sarah Loftus from the campaign who detailed the progress of the project so far which is actively involving the community thru beach cleans and meetings, has over 15 businesses signed up the three pledge as well as number of local community organisations

The aim is to get individuals, community groups, businesses and local authorities to pledge to ditch at least three items of single use plastic.

The national initiative is run by Surfers Against Sewage and has over 300 local communities working in their #PlasticFreeCommunities award winning scheme

FB & Twitter @PlasticFreeDeal

Refill starts in East Kent

Launching in early summer 2018 in the Dover, Deal & Sandwich area, Refill East Kent is a joint project of Kingsdown Conservation Group, Deal With It – Transition Deal and Transition Dover.

Ian Williams, from Kingsdown Conservation Group and local coordinator for Refill East Kent said:

"The Refill team are delighted to have such great support from local businesses and our volunteers.

We have signed up over 35 before launch and are looking forward to many more joining us as the summer progresses.

Participating Refill Stations include the Deal Maritime Museum, Astor Theatre, Smugglers Records, Chequers Cookery School, Just Reproach, Slow Food Café, Seaward Gallery, Café at Pines Calyx, Park Café, The Post Room at Deal Station, Mrs Knotts at South Foreland Lighthouse, Spires Bar, Goose on the Green, Sea Café, St Margaret bay kiosk, Tempted Café at Eastry, White Cliffs Centre, The Lighthouse, Freedman, Piece of Cake, Scrumalicious and the Sandwich Shop.

The Refill App shows the nearest Station and every time you refill using the app you get points which go towards a Chilly’s water bottle. It is a simple idea which will reduce the amount of single use plastic bottles.

We are also taking the Refill message to many schools in the district and targeting the districts walking and cycling trails"

Refill is a national, free tap water initiative designed to reduce plastic pollution, and make refilling a water bottle easy.

The aim is to reduce the number of plastic bottles ending up in our oceans, while keeping you healthy, hydrated and saving you money at the same time.

So now over 10,000 friendly cafes, shops, hotels and businesses are welcoming you in to refill your water.

Anyone can download the free Refill app to see where they can Refill on the go, and always have access to a growing national list of refill points on their mobile device

The local campaign welcome new sites and supporters and can be contacted by email at, Facebook and Twitter at @RefillEastKent or at the

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Thank you to Sue and Adrian

Massive thank you Sue and Adrian Sullivan who had a 'Open Wildlife Garden' for the last three days and raised over £400 for Deal With It. 

Thank you everyone who contributed. 

A great testament of the power of nature, beauty and cake. x

Friday, June 1, 2018

Thank you Landmark Uke Club for Donation to Deal With IT

The Landmark Ukulele Club (which meets every Friday at 10am at the Landmark Centre - £1 per session) has very kindly made a second donation of £200 to Deal With iT today.

Early in the year the club donated money so we could buy more pickers for our Beach Cleans.

This money will go towards some heavy duty builders truggs for the Beach Cleans (we are looking at ways to reduce the amount of plastic bags we use on the cleans and truggs will also help us to sort the litter into recyclables

The rest of the donation will be spent at the community garden at the Captain's Garden - we want to put in about 40 Lavender plants alongside the path

Thank you Ukes!

Donations are always welcome - we have three community garden projects plus expanding beach cleans :)

Deal Good Neighbour Week 1-7th June

Deal Good Neighbour Week starts today. 
Why not get involved with our beach cleans, community gardens, green energy, Deal Hop Farm, Guardians of the Deep, Wildlife, Bees and other stuff ?

Good for the planet, good for our community and good for you 

We will have a stall at Deal Town Hall on the 7th June and 9th at the Landmark or come down to our beach clean on Tuesday 5th at Walmer Castle 9:30am

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Deal With It - June Diary Dates

Tuesday 5th June – Walmer Castle Beach Cleanmeet on prom in front of Walmer Castle at 9:30am

Wednesday 6th June – DWI Organisation Meet up Landmark Garden/Bar 5pm – All welcome for a bit of business and social drink

Thursday 7th June – DWI Stall at Deal Good Neighbour week
Deal Town Hall 10-2pm

Saturday 9th June – Volunteer & Community Fair at Landmark 10-2pm – DWI Stall

Tuesday 12th June – Plastic Free Deal meet up from 5pm at Landmark Bar/Garden

Friday 15th- Sunday 17th  June  Open Wildlife Gardens, Bridge Hill, Hacklinge

An Open Garden, Tea & Cake at one of best permaculture/wildlife gardens in Kent. 
Very kindly Sue and Adrian Sullivan have opened their Garden as a fund raiser for Deal With IT.
Please ring 1st to book as their is limited parking in Bridge Hill (Best to park on Betteshanger Rd by Roundabout and walk around) - local 614 088

Saturday 16th June – Deal Station Garden Group – Work Day 10:30 to 12

Meet at Deal Railway Station

Sunday 1st July – Deal Open Gardens (inc Landmark Garden) for NGS Charities £5 10-5pm

Monday 2nd July – Sandwich Bay Beach Clean 9:30am

We are supporting Kent Wildlife Trust Big Clean up at the Bay. Please tell security that you are here for KWT Beach Clean and you will be charged only £1
More details later in month

Saturday 7th July – Sandown Castle Beach Clean 9:30-11:30

Saturday 7th July – National Meadow Day: Open Day at our Community Hop/Garden at Captains Garden @ Deal Castle 1pm to 3pm. 
We hope our meadow area will be in full flight by then … But check out the meadow area by Ramsgate Platform at Deal Railway, and the guerrilla gardening around Sainsbury and Deal Telephone Exchange on West St.

Monday 9th July - Deal Town Litter pick - meet at Landmark at 6pm

Tuesday 10th July - SE in Bloom Day

Sunday 17th July – Deal Station Garden Group – Work Day 10:30 to 12

Meet at Deal Railway Station

June 18-19th Futures Summit: Designing Innovations for Sustainable Community Wellbeing  

Saturday 21st July – Summer Seedy Saturday @ Landmark Garden 10:30 to 1pm

Plant and seed swap

Saturday 18th August – Bee Fest @ Landmark Garden 10:30 to 1pm

Dover Beekeepers, all things bee and hopefully Bumble Bee Conservation Trust as well

Thursday 9th August - Britain in Bloom Day

Saturday 11th August– Deal Station Garden Group – Work Day 10:30 to 12

Meet at Deal Railway Station

Saturday 25th August Walmer Beach Clean – 9:30am meet at Sea Café

Sunday 16th September – Great British Beach Clean – Deal Pier 9:30am (part of MCS national survey)

Sunday 16th September – Deal Heritage Trail: Captain’s Garden 1pm to 3pm @ Deal Castle

Monday, May 28, 2018

Deal Beach Clean Bank Holiday Monday

We had nearly 70 people on today’s beach clean – Lots of small stuff with 59.3kilos collected and 7.5kilos of recyclable plastic and cans

Thank you all our brilliant volunteers

Our next clean is on Tuesday 5th June at 9:30am at the beach in front of Walmer Castle all welcome

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Wild about Gardens - Kent Wildlif Trust - is now open

What is Wild About Gardens?

Kent Wild about Gardens Awards is designed to encourage people to welcome wildlife into their gardens, whatever the size, type or primary use of the garden. We don’t expect you to turn your backyard into a mini nature reserve. Formal front flower beds or chic city gardens can still provide those vital stepping stones needed by our pollinating insects, hedgehogs, amphibians, etc.

The backbone of the scheme is our team of volunteer advisors who visit gardens during the season to assess how wildlife friendly they are and to give advice and encouragement. Unlike other awards schemes, our volunteers are happy to visit a work in progress and there is no overall winner, apart from the wildlife of course.

We are grateful to our sponsors without whom we wouldn’t be able to run the scheme:
Optivo: lead sponsor and sponsor of the “Advisors choice award”
Unipet International: sponsor of the “Best garden for wild birds”
Bumblebee Conservation Trust: sponsor of “Garden with the best buzz”
Kent Bat Group: sponsor of “Best garden for bats”
Kent Mammal Group: sponsor of “Best hedgehog garden”
Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group: sponsor of “Best new or renovated pond”

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Next Deal Beach Clean - 28th May 9:30am

The next Deal Beach Clean is on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May at 9:30am at Deal Pier. Pickers, Bags and gloves supplied - please dress for the weather and bring some water if warm

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Deal Seedy Saturday 5th May 11am to 1pm

Saturday 5th May 11am to 1pm – Deal Seedy Saturday – Seed and plant swap at the Landmark Community Garden, Deal High St

Please bring seeds and plants to swap or donate – great way of growing something new and different or just get going in growing food.

As well as seed swap Sandown Castle Community Garden will be there will their home-made bird nesting boxes, Deal in Bloom will be on hand to highlight this year’s RHS SE in Bloom + Britain in Bloom which Deal town is part of, The Deal Hop Farm will also have a stall and a twiddling demonstration for members of the farm. Music will be supplied by the Landmark Ukulele Club

Organised by Deal With It – Deal’s local community green group