Thursday, November 26, 2020

Brocolli and Potato Gleans 26th Nov




Thank you to our Deal With It Gleaning volunteers (Jane & Mark, Sally & Tim, Sarah L, Sarah G, Lucy, Jill and Steve) on today's two Gleans

Potatoes and Broccoli about 1.2tons collected and distributed to local food charities:
  • Deal Foodbank
  • Dover Foodbank
  • BEChange at Aylesham
  • Deal Salvation Army
  • Deal Age UK
  • Dover Big Local Pantry
  • Eythorne Community Primary School
  • Sandown Primary School
  • Hornbeam Primary School
  • United Families

Lots of thanks to our kind host farmer, Trevor Bradley at Boundary Rd Farm.

Thx also to Hythe Colleagues for the bags of apples who were gleaning a nearly apple orchard x



Saturday, November 21, 2020

Deal Litter Diary #9 19th Nov 2020



I decide to go to Stanhope Rd to post a card. Shall I wear my stinky gloves & take a dirty carrier bag - JUST IN CASE I see litter that needs picking?

Good decision. It's 0.3 miles to the Sorting Office - that's 482 metres. I collect nearly 200 items.

Surely I'm not the only person who notices so much litter on our town centre streets?

I may well be the only one with stinky gloves & a dirty carrier at the ready for my short strolls to the High Street.

Helen C
CleanUpCrew@dealwithit.org.uk
#DealLitterDiary

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Potato Glean 19th Nov 2020 #WeAreGleaners



Quick 240kgs potato glean today many thanks to farmer Trevor Bradley for hosting us.

 Spuds gone to 
  • Dover Foodbank, 
  • Deal Foodbank, 
  • Bechange Aylesham, 
  • Deal Salvation Army, 
  • Deal Age Uk, 
  • Meals on the Hill, 
  • Sandown Primary School and 
  • Hornbeam Primary School 

gleaning@dealwithit.org.uk if you want to join us or a local food charity/voluntary group

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

CleanUp Crew Deal Station Clean up 18th Nov 2020


Thank you to our clean up crew who did a mega litter and tidy up at and around Deal Rail Station today .... Helen, Nick, Patience, Bob and Steve.



Our next one will be 1.30pm to 3pm on 2nd Dec.

Please email cleanupcrew@dealwithit.org.uk as we need to manage numbers etc with LD2

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Deal Litter Diary #8 - Nov 2020

 


The start of November, and there is no detectable let up in the amount of litter on the streets of our town. Polystyrene, one of the world's most widely-used plastics, is abundant - pale green nuggets blowing & bobbing in puddles and today, partially smashed sheets of it with a painted skin binding it, adding weight. It becomes a temporary material for a creepy creation. 




The strange beauty of dirty, household waste.

Inspired to pick up!

Helen c

#DealLitter Diary


Thursday, November 12, 2020

Giant Apple Glean - 12th Nov 2020


 

Thank you for our volunteers - Fay, Jill, Emily, Lucy, Jessica, Sandra, Mark & Jane, Sally & Tim, Sarah, Jayne and Steve - on our giant apple glean in Eastry, with 1.3 tons of Idareds and Braeburns apples collected.



With about 600kgs going to local food charities and 700kgs to FareShare Kent

Big Thanks to David Bradley at Selson Farm for inviting us and the farm's donation to food charities:

  • Deal Foodbank
  • Dover Foodbank
  • Deal Aged Concern
  • Deal Salvation Army
  • BECHANGE at Aylesham
  • Sandwich Aged Concern
  • Talk iT Out
  • Meals on the Hill
  • Chequers cookery school
  • Dover Big Local
  • Wellington House
  • Emmaus Dover
  • Eythorne Community Primary School
  • Hornbeam Primary School
  • Sandown Primary School
  • Our Kitchen Margate
  • Community supermarket Ramsgate
  • United Families
  • Fareshare Kent

If you want get involved or are a local community food charity please get in touch gleaning@dealwithit.org.uk

#Gleaning #WeAreGleaners #LoveDeal #DealKent #DealWithIT







Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Friends of Betteshanger latest



Response by the Friends of Betteshanger to the Cover Letter by Quinn Estates dated 29th October 2020 . 

Betteshanger development 20/00419


TURTLE DOVES.

Whilst we acknowledge the decision to retain the whole of Woodland block W4 it does not ‘solve’ the issue of Turtle Doves, just as not building at the A258 end of the site did not ‘solve’ the issue. Here are our reasons for this assertion:

1. The proposals are still going to result in the loss of Turtle Dove territory as shown in 5.10.8 of the Ecological Appraisal of July 2020, submitted by Aspect Ecology and commissioned by Quinn Estates. This is what it says in relation to Turtle Doves:

“The fourth territory is located within an area proposed for development ….. The development will also result in potential for increased disturbance and predation of Turtle Doves associated with the residential housing and domestic pets. Accordingly whilst suitable Turtle Dove habitat will be retained … the proposed development could result in the loss of some territories.”

Although Woodland W4 is to be retained this is not where Turtle Doves were found. Turtle Doves prefer to nest in thick scrub rather than woodland. The Cover letter tells us that, despite the changes, 0.16ha of woodland habitat will still be lost. This includes the ‘fourth territory’ of Turtle Doves, mentioned above and shown on map 5805/EC04 in the Ecological Appraisal. There is no apparent plan to change the proposed development to avoid this.

2. It is important to note that Turtle doves return to the same territory year after year. This has been proved by RSPB research into Turtle Dove migration using tracking devices fitted to individual birds, as the following link will show.

https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/rspb-news/news/stories/a-year-in-the-life-of-a-turtle-dove/

3. It is not possible to solve the problem of ‘increased disturbance and predation of Turtle Doves associated with the residential housing and domestic pets’ by mitigation measures. Only protecting the site from development will do this.

4. Turtle Doves do not just use the Betteshanger site for nesting. It is a feeding area too. The RSPB link above, ‘A year in the life of a Turtle Dove’ shows a picture of a typical Turtle Dove feeding area. It bears a very strong resemblance to the Betteshanger development platforms with sparse vegetation, bare areas and seeds from the many flowering plants. This food source will of course disappear under the proposals.

5. So Turtle Doves will lose territories, lose a food source and be subject to disturbance and predation if the development goes ahead. They will doubtless abandon the site. And their precarious hold in East Kent will be further jeopardised.

5. Why does all this matter ?

The latest information from December 2019 about the status of Turtle Doves from the British Trust for Ornithology says the following: (see link below)

“The Turtle Dove’s demise is now almost total showing a 98% decline. This is the largest decline of any UK species and suggests that this once familiar bird will soon disappear from the British countryside.”

https://www.bto.org/press-releases/where-are-all-turtle-doves-and-partridges

We reiterate our view that given the perilous situation of Turtle Doves in the UK it is totally unacceptable to destroy or disturb any Turtle Dove territory or build where the result could be an even further diminishing of their numbers. The only solution here and the only way to protect the Betteshanger population of Turtle Doves is not to build on the site.

However Turtle Doves are not the only species of great conservation concern that are going to be negatively impacted by the proposed development. There are also, for example, Grey Partridge, which the East Kent Wildlife group identified on site in the summer of this year, and believed to be breeding on the proposed development site.

The most recent Breeding Bird Survey report by the British Trust for Ornithology, the RSPB and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee shows that the number of breeding pairs of Grey Partridge have declined by 64% between 1995 and 2018 in the UK.

https://www.whatthesciencesays.org/how-many-grey-partridges-are-left/

We maintain that the Local Planning Authority also has a duty to conserve the Grey Partridge, given that it is one of the fastest declining birds in the whole of Europe.

We maintain that is has a duty to conserve all the other Red and Amber listed bird species, the Reptiles and Amphibians, the Bats and Badgers, the rare Plants and Invertebrates all of which have taken up residence at Betteshanger, where habitats have been establishing and rewilding, largely free of human interference, for many years.

We maintain it has a duty to conserve a site that would be very likely to qualify as a Local Wildlife Site such is the richness and quality of its wildlife and habitats.

Sue Sullivan for the Friends of Betteshanger

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Great Pumpkin Glean - 5th November 2020




Great pumpkin glean with 2.2 tons collected by groups from Hythe, Folkestone and Deal. 

About half of this has gone to the Felix Project in London to support London Foodbanks.



We collected some 240kgs for local food charities and schools, Including:

- Dover Foodbank
- Sandown School
- Hornbeam School
- BeChange Aylesham
- Meals on the Hill
- Chequers Cookery School
- Dover Big Local
- Our Kitchen in Margate

Big thank you to all volunteers and the staff at Pumpkin Moon farm nr Sittingbourne.



A Deal Litter Diary - #7 5th November 2020


I haven't fancied picking sopping, dirty litter from my regular patch in this weeks downpours, so, against form, I step out to the beach. At least the plastic brought in on the tide will be clean!

What? No waste? Have the beach cleans & the regular pickers stripped the shingle of its debris?

Well, it depends where and what you're looking for.

Embedded in each and every clump of vegetation are dozens - hundreds - of pickable pieces. I shouldn't sound excited. 


 

Seek and you will find. I recommend knee pads.

Helen c
CleanUpCrew@dealwithit.org.uk

#DealLitter Diary

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Apple Glean Eastry 29th October 2020




Thank you to our apple #gleaning volunteers today - Lucy, Tim, Sally, Sarah G, Sarah L and Steve. 

44 bags or 660kilos of Ida Reds collected in rainy morning in Eastry.


Produce to:
  • Dover Foodbank
  • Bechange & Primary schools Aylesham, 
  • Deal Foodbank, 
  • Deal Salvation Army, 
  • Meals on the Hill
  • Our Kitchen in Thanet
  • Wellington House
  • Deal Centre for the Retired
  • Chequers Kitchen
  • Meals on The Hill
  • Sandwich Aged Concern
  • Sandown School
  • Landmark Community Cafe
  • Hornbeam School
  • United Families
  • Dover Big Local
Big thanks to David Bradley at Selson Farm for inviting us





Thursday, October 22, 2020

Potato Glean 22nd Oct 2020

Thank you to our volunteers on today potato glean nr preston over 300kgs collected and delivered to:
  • Dover foodbank,
  • Dover Emmaus, 
  • Bechange Aylesham, 
  • Deal Foodbank, 
  • Deal Salvation Army, 
  • Meals on the Hill 
  • Hornbeam School
  • and Deal centre for retired. 

Big thanks to Trevor at Boundary Farm who hosted us today

Sunday, October 18, 2020

A Deal Litter Diary - #5 - 12th October 2020




My Sunday stroll doesn't take me far from home. I get to meet 2 locals: firstly a chap who is uneasy about litter picking, worried about what others may think. Don't be! People who stop to converse are kindred spirits in need of a nudge to join the battle to keep the gutters & pavements free of debris.



The second chats as I pick up 145 pieces of smashed hubcap - I had beaten him to it. The splatter of fragments had been irritating him so much he intended to bring out a broom. I saved this elderly gentleman the bother of clearing up neglect on his own doorstep.


#DealLitterDiary

Helen C




Friends of Betteshanger - Latest October 2020

Objection to planning application 20/00419 in response to further submissions on Ecology by Quinn Estates. October 2020.

The Friends of Betteshanger object to the above application on the grounds of Planning Policy and Ecology. This document relates to Ecology and is in response to:

The TN2 Ecology Technical Note, the Invertebrate Survey (11/9/20) the amended Open Mosaic Habitat Management Plan (9/ 2020) and the Senior Natural Environment Officer’s Submission (30/9/20)

It is now possible to make a meaningful assessment of the biodiversity interest of the Betteshanger development site. Most of the ecological surveys have been completed, including one for invertebrates, and they reveal a site, not just of importance locally, not just of importance in East Kent, but of wildlife importance at a County level.

We have consulted with Kent Wildlife Trust (Lucy Carden and Dr. Richard Bloor) and sent them a brief summary of the biodiversity interest of the site (see Appendix 1) as shown by the surveys carried out, and they are of the opinion that the site would be very likely to qualify as a Local Wildlife site.

This is what Lucy Carden, assistant Conservation Officer, from Kent Wildlife Trust said:

“From the records you provide within your email, it sounds like it is a particularly good habitat for a variety of species and could potentially be considered as a Local Wildlife Site due to the matrix of habitats present and the range of species present within. I would suggest it would largely meet the criteria of ‘WL3 composite/matrix sites’ and potentially, VP2 for its vascular plant composition and equally meeting criteria for both bird and reptile species composition.

I have had a look in our records too and can see that it is within our list of candidate LWS.

Pennyroyal and grasspoly for example are both listed on the Kent Rare Plant Register. Typically for a site to be designated for its vascular plants, it would need to meet a score of at least 150 based on:

- Nationally rare (i.e. UK Red Data Book) - 100

- Nationally scarce – 50

- Rare in Kent (Kent Red Data Book, 1,2,3 or K status) - 40

- Listed in the current version of the Kent Rare Plants Register – 25

With 7 additional plants listed under the Kent Rare Plants Register alone, this would suggest that it would be likely to meet this criteria.”

What is a Local Wildlife site and why are they important?

Local Wildlife sites are exceptional areas of land and some of the UK’s most valuable wildlife areas. They have a huge part to play in the natural green fabric of our towns and countryside. They make up a web of stepping stones and corridors forming key components of ecological systems and helping to recreate wildlife habitat on a landscape scale. They are identified and selected using robust, scientifically determined criteria and detailed ecological surveys. (see Appendix 2 for a link to the Local Wildlife site criteria)

How relevant is this to the planning application in question?

We believe that the likely qualification, as a Local Wildlife site, provides irrefutable proof that the Betteshanger site is of such significant ecological value that it should be saved from development.

Should Dover District Planning Authority be minded to grant planning permission they would be responsible, in effect for irreparable damage to a potential Local Wildlife site. In our view such action would be impossible to justify, particularly given the Authority’s statutory duty to conserve biodiversity under the terms of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act of 2006. Our view is that such action would constitute ecological vandalism.

We are of the opinion that the biodiversity value of the site has been downplayed by the applicant’s ecologists from the beginning of the appraisal process.

We strongly dispute their claims in the Executive Summary of the Updated Ecological Appraisal that ‘the proposals have sought to minimize impacts on biodiversity’ and that ‘it is considered unlikely that the proposals will result in significant harm’ (subject to appropriate avoidance, mitigation and compensation measures) For example, when the proposals are going to destroy Rare plants and invertebrates of National importance (as shown in the results of the Plant and Invertebrate surveys) how can it be claimed that impacts on biodiversity have been minimized, particularly when species cannot be translocated with any guarantee of success ? It is obvious that the proposals will result in irreparable damage or destruction of, a wide range of species and habitat, that will not be compensated for by the proposed plan for Betteshanger Park.

The downplaying is also evidenced by the disputed assessment of the Open Mosaic Habitat on the development site. Both the Natural Environment Officer and the Kent Wildlife Trust have come to the same conclusions about the assessment and claims for biodiversity net gain, made by Aspect Ecology, and shown that they cannot be justified.

This is of particular significance as the biodiversity net gain percentage and the compensation measures proposed depend upon this assessment. It has now been confirmed that under the terms of the forthcoming Environment bill, developers must show a 10% biodiversity net gain so plans need to show how this will be achieved.

Response to the Submission by the Senior Natural Environment Officer.

We agree with all the comments made in relation to TN2 an Ecology Technical Note.

We would also draw attention to the fact that the Invertebrate Survey is incomplete, as surveys were not carried out to assess invertebrate activity in the Spring (contrary to the advice from Natural England) Also survey efforts were focused on the development platforms, at the request of the applicant, so we do not have a complete picture of the site’s value as a whole for invertebrates.

Also missing is a lichen/bryophyte survey despite historical records which show the site could be significant for this group.

In relation to the plans for compensation at Betteshanger Park, we agree with the Natural Environment Officer’s view that the areas currently proposed for enhancement are valuable habitat in their own right. Removing species rich grassland to create open mosaic habitat does not, in our minds, constitute a gain for biodiversity. We are concerned that no botanical data has been seen for area R2 where Aspect Ecology propose scrapes to enhance OMH. Why is this?

Surely before any compensatory plan can be decided upon a full ecological assessment of the proposed area needs to be undertaken to ascertain its current value, as it may well be that to change it would result in an overall biodiversity loss. Unless this is done it will make a mockery of the whole compensation/biodiversity net gain requirement.

We maintain that the ecological value of the development site has been downplayed by the applicant’s ecologists. Are we now seeing the same thing happening with the area at Betteshanger Park proposed for compensation?

We agree that the proposals for creating Turtle Dove habitat are inadequate and we reiterate Natural England’s advice that plans should ‘provide like for like habitat replacements …in a safe position to provide a long term home’.

Given that bird species such as ringed plover and long eared owls have disappeared from Betteshanger Park as a result of human disturbance, we do not believe it would provide a ‘safe home’ for Turtle Doves as they are very wary of people, and given that park activity is bound to increase it would not provide a ’long term home.’

Dover District Council Planning Authority and its responsibility to conserve biodiversity.


The Government requires all public bodies to conserve biodiversity. This duty is enshrined in the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006. It is also required as part of the National Planning Policy Framework which says:

174 b) Plans should ‘promote the conservation, restoration and enhancement of priority habitats, ecological networks and the protection and recovery of priority species.’

It is widely acknowledged that we are living at a time of unprecedented crisis for the natural world and the Planning Officer and Planning Committee have to decide whether they can justify the irreparable harm that the proposed development will wreak on a potential Local Wildlife Site.

Our view is that they should signal their commitment to conserving biodiversity by rejecting this application.

Evidence of the perilous state of the natural world is currently coming to us from so many different sources that no one can be in any doubt that we are facing an ecological catastrophy.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, signed the Leader’s Pledge for Nature at the UN’s Summit on Biodiversity in September this year. This includes commitments to prioritise a green recovery post covid and deliver ambitious biodiversity targets. This is what he said:

‘We cannot afford to dither and delay because biodiversity loss is happening today and it is happening at a frightening rate. Left unchecked the consequences will be catastrophic for us all. Extinction is forever so our action must be immediate.’

This follows the television programme, Extinction, by David Attenborough and his use of Instagram, and a suite of other recent reports from the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Worldwide Fund for Nature and others, documenting the unprecedented damage the human species is wreaking on the natural world and how it is going to impact us all. There is an excellent overview of the situation by the BBC (follow the link in Appendix 3)

Out of the 90 public comments that this application had received by 1st October, I have counted 57 that state the loss of the site as wildlife habitat as an objection or concern. This does not include the petition. This shows that local people are well aware of the significance of such losses and we hope their concerns will be given sufficient weight in the decision making process.

There has never been a more important time for Dover District Council to show its commitment to stemming biodiversity loss.

The decision on the Betteshanger application provides an opportunity for the Planning Officers and the Planning Committee to show the local community that they take this responsibility seriously and are willing to play their part in stemming the tide of wildlife declines. We urge them to refuse this application.

Sue Sullivan for the Friends of Betteshanger

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Gala Apple Glean in Eastry 15th October 2020


Thank you to today's gleaning team:  Sonja, Heather, Lucy, Eileen, Faye, Sandra, Jill, Jamie? and Steve; who collected some 330kgs of gala apples today in Eastry


A big thank you to farmer David Bradley for inviting us today and shifting our glean from the bottom orchard


Apples are going to:
  • Deal Foodbank
  • Dover Foodbank
  • BeChange at Aylesham
  • Deal Salvation Army
  • Meals on the Hill
  • Talk It Out
  • Wellington House
  • Sandown School
  • Hornbeam School
  • Landmark Community Cafe
  • Your Kitchen Thanet
  • Sandwich Age Concern
  • United Families
If your local community organisation would like some of produce we glean or if you would like to get involved please email Info@dealwithit.org.uk.

We would also like to thank Dover District Council for funding our Gleaning Bags and COVID kit.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Walmer Beach Clean Sunday 1st Nov 2020


Our next community beach clean will be on Sunday 1st November from Walmer Green

You must book to attend this clean:

https://walmerbeachclean1stnov.eventbrite.co.uk

  • Six bookable starts
  • Max of 6 people per start
  • Full social distancing at start and finish
  • Equipment supplied and disinfected
  • Please bring own gloves

full details please contact info@dealwithitorg.uk

A Deal Litter Diary -No4 12th October 2020




I get more toots and waves along the Ancient Highway now - regular users recognize me as they slow down to pass. "Get yourself a litter picker and gloves! Join my mucky club!" 


Bottles, cans, scratch cards, sweet wrappers, cigarette packets, wipes. Petrol station purchases. All freshly deposited in the verges, hedges and laybys. Swept out of footwells and tossed from windows. 


Fast food packaging and receipts: the yellow arches at Minster have featured more than once. 


How can the habit of ejecting waste from one's vehicle be broken?

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Pear Gleaning in Woodnesborough 8/10 2020


Thank you to our gleaning team - Scot, Sonja, Sarah, Sandra, Jill and Steve - who collected some 250kgs of conference and comice pears today in Woodnesborough


A big thank you to farmer David Bradley for inviting us today.

Food going to
  • Deal Foodbank
  • Dover Foodbank
  • BeChange at Aylesham
  • Deal Salvation Army
  • Meals on the Hill
  • Talk It Out
  • Wellington House
  • Sandown School
  • Hornbeam School
  • Landmark Community Cafe
  • United Families
  • Sandwich Age Concern
  • Catching Lives
  • Hornbeam School

If your local community organisation would like some of produce we glean or if you would like to get involved please email Info@dealwithit.org.uk.

We would also like to thank Dover District Council for funding our Gleaning Bags and COVID kit.

Monday, October 5, 2020

A Deal Litter Diary - Three - Monday 5th October 2020 #DealLitterDiary



The babes of Deal sob for their soothers!

I find a range of mainly plastic items, presumably dropped by children.

I wonder if these things are missed. Cheap, disposable, replaceable. If I don't pick them up they will lie there, unbroken. Their owners will grow up and have kids themselves before their stuff has even begun to rot. The planet will harbour this litter way beyond our lifetime.




I wonder how many similar items are dropped nationally?

#DealLitterDiary

Helen C

Monday, September 21, 2020

A Deal Litter Diary - Two - 21th September 2020 #DealLitterDiary

 


It’s the start of the Autumn Term and afternoon picking is a shrewd move as I get seen by children from the local primary and they ask their parents what I’m doing. 

After 8 weeks of serious collecting, I experience a first. Someone sees me, takes a step back, bends down and picks up a piece of litter they’ve just spied amongst the weeds against a hedge. The item is proferred at a distance, and I meet it with my sack. I begin chatting with this environmentally-conscious 10-year old, who helps his Nan pick cans and other stuff when they are out together. He tells me it’s his birthday on Friday. 




I head for the primary school and as luck has it, meet the Year 6 teacher, so I can hope that this young lad gets recognized for the best bit of public spirit I’ve seen in a while. Let’s hope his generation re-kindles the attitude to KEEP BRITAIN TIDY and be more responsible for their surroundings.

#DealLitterDiary is written by Helen C 



Sunday, September 20, 2020

#GBBeachclean Deal Beach Sunday 20th September 2020


Thank
you to our 15 volunteers on this afternoons Deal Beach clean 21kgs collected

We had a team of 6 also doing the Marine Conservation Society's Great British Beach Clean