Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Help us create an orchard for The Captain’s Garden!
We’ve launched an ambitious new project as part of our mission to bring the historic Captain’s Garden back to life – and we need your help.
The plan is to create a beautiful and diverse orchard that can be enjoyed by everyone in Deal and the surrounding area, by planting a range of 100 fruit, nut and flowering trees around the garden and lining the paths.
Apple, pear, cherry and nut trees will add to the biodiversity of the garden, as well as providing a beautiful oasis for people and wildlife alike. In particular, the blossom in springtime and the fruit in autumn will be enjoyed by everyone.
We want this to be a space that can be used by the whole community for practical activities and educational purposes, as well as for socialising and relaxing in the nature-filled surroundings. We aim to involve the local community in creation of the orchard, through volunteer tree planting days and activities to care for the trees as they grow.
We plan to start planting trees in Autumn 2021, with a series of orchard-related events held throughout the project.
How you can help
We have launched a crowd-funding campaign as part of #CrowdFundKent which is backed by KCC to raise the £6,215 needed to buy trees, compost, mulch and tools, and to train volunteers and community members to plant and nurture the new orchard.
You can contribute to the crowd-funder via Spacehive, using this link: https://www.spacehive.com/captainsgardenatdealcastle
The crowd funding runs to 1st September - its a all-or-nothing crowdfund. If we do not met our target your pledge will not be taken. If we raise more money it will go directly into planting and paths for the garden.
For more details see the Deal With It contact email@example.com
Monday, May 31, 2021
Next Clean is at Walmer Castle Beach on Sunday 6th June - part of the #GBSpringClean #PickDealClean
please book here
Sunday, May 30, 2021
It was a great opportunity to meet and talk to you all about our plans for community orchard in the garden
A special thank you to our great team of volunteers who made everything happen so well today Lucy, Penny, Anna, Jenny, Rafi, Eileen, Rose, Amy, Sonja and Steve.
Many thanks to Eilnor and her team for the pop-up cafe for our tea and cakes x
Monday, May 24, 2021
Do you notice this kind of fine litter when you cast your eyes downwards?
Sunday, May 16, 2021
PICK DEAL CLEAN
This is a facebook group set up by Helen Charlton of the Clean Up Crew, Linda Ford of Sandown Castle Community Garden and ourselves to link all together the individuals and groups doing litter picks in the town and work with DDC to reduce the levels of litter in the town
April has been the first month we logged our activity:
The group has virtual gathering this Sunday 16th at 7pm – Meeting Link
The group is planning a two action days during the #GBSpringClean on 9th June and xxxx plus a final tally on the 13th June at 4:30pm on the beach opposite Deal Castle plus a number of pop-up events in the town.
COMMUNITY BEACH CLEANS
We had a good pilot beach clean in April and have two setup (you MUST book in advance) to support the Great British Spring Clean.
Bank Holiday Monday – 31st May Sandown Castle Beach – Book here
Sunday 6th June – Walmer Castle Beach – Book here
We hope to release dates for the rest in June
CLEAN UP CREW
The Monthly cleans at Deal Station have been going since the rule of 6 was reinstated – 1st Thursday of every month at 2pm Plus one 2 weeks after during busy periods
Saturday, May 15, 2021
We have three Open days at the historic garden at Deal Castle which our volunteers are bringing back into use for the community
1) Whitsun Open Day - 30th May 2021 - 10am to 3pm
2) National Meadows Open Day - 4th July 2021 10am to 3pm
3) Bee-Fest at the Captains Garden @ Deal Castle - Sunday 29th August 2021 10am to 2pm
With Dover Bee keepers and the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust
Find out about bee keeping and supporting bees and other pollinators in your own garden
Local Honey and Bee related products
Opposite Deal Castle
The 1.2 acre Captain's Garden dates from 1733 and was the private walled garden of the Captain of Deal Castle, Admiral Norris. The garden developed more into a kitchen garden for the castle in 19thC and during WW2 was a Dig-for-Victory community allotment.
From about 1948 to 1979 is was a commercial market garden and then subsequently went into disuse for nearly 40yrs
In January 2018 volunteers from Deal With It (Deal's local Community Green Group), the Deal Hop Farm (a DWI Community Hop growing project in the town) in partnership with English Heritage (the custodians of the site) started to bring the site back into use, with the aspiration to turn the space into a free-to access garden for the whole community in Deal and Walmer
To follow what we do:
to get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID: This may change :)
To ensure you and our volunteers safety we will be controlling entrance and exit to the Garden and there will be a strict one-way system around the garden
We will have supplies of hand sanitiser which we ask all to use or alternatively bring your own
The areas near the main beds will have 2m floor marking and we ask you respect social distancing.
Please don't come if you are feeling ill
Please note: The Garden is still a Work-In-Progress many of the paths are uneven, with fox holes, nettles etc. Please take care when in the Garden.
Access is via a step down thru a small gate
Unfortunately, it may not be suitable for everyone just yet.
English Heritage has a No Dogs policy on its property
The garden is a NON-Smoking space
Any problems with booking please email us at email@example.com
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Deal Town Council is working with external training provider, Treeconomics, to deliver virtual i-Tree Eco training to tree surveyors. The aims of the training are:· To enable the tree surveyors to utilise the i-Tree Eco online software to map the current tree stock across Deal, Mongeham, Sholden & Walmer.
· Gain an understanding of what tree assets are in the area
· Enable the Parish Councils to better protect the existing trees
· Develop plans for new tree planting
· Gain an understanding and connect effectively with regional and nation tree planting initiatives by organisations such as The Woodland Trust and Kent Wildlife Trust
Treeconomics will tailor the training to meet the needs of volunteers new to tree surveying and will specifically cover data capture and data entry into the i-Tree Eco web-app.
Field data capture training sessions, will require two or three half day, directed sessions and two independent practical learning development sessions.
Treeconomics will provide an overview of the i-Tree Eco software to key partners and stakeholders of the project.
Field surveyors will follow the i-tree Eco Field Guidance to collect the following data:
a. land use descriptions and ownership;
b. Tree survey;
c. key biometric measurements required by i-Tree Eco, plus estimated life expectancy;
d. Other vegetation including shrub presence;
e. Photography – essential for Quality Assurance and reporting.
Survey data will be entered directly into the i-Tree Eco web-app, for consistency and cost-efficiency. All surveyors will be taught use of the web-app and submission process during training sessions, including pitfalls to prevent data loss.
If interested please contact Adrian as below:
Deal Town Council
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Thank to everyone for braving the cold wind on the 1st Community Beach Clean of 2021.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Nick and Steve repaired one of the planters on the ramsgate side
And today Sonja, Penny, Charles, Vicky & Steve - painted them all and gave the planters a good tidy. and thx to Chris Mansfield for the Photos
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Thank you to our Deal With It volunteers - Lucy, Sally, Jill, Judy and Steve - on today's monster Cauliflower Glean.
With our colleagues from the Hythe Community Environment Group we collected a wopping 1.4 tons.
About 800kgs is going to FareShare Kent and the rest to local food charities in Deal, Dover, Thanet and Shepway.
Big thank again to our host farmers Trevor and Stephen Bradley.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Our first field harvest today - some 375 kilos of Cauliflowers gleaned by our volunteers Julie, Jill, Sally, Lucy, Tim & Steve.
Many thanks to Trevor and Stephen Bradley at Boundary Road Farm for their kind donation
Cauliflowers are going to
- Deal Foodbank
- Dover Foodbank
- BECHANGE Aylesham
- Dover Pantry
- Our Kitchen Thanet
- United Families
- Deal Salvation Army
- Sandown Primary School
- Hornbeam Primary School
- Deal Aged Concern
- Talk It Out
- Felix Project (London Fareshare)
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Can I walk to my friend's house WITHOUT litter picking on the way?
It's a collection route I don't ever frequent so I prepare for the worst.
Halfway to my chums, I have to halt the pick - the bag is so heavy I'm struggling to carry it.
Experience tells me most of the load had been blown from bins, for months, & ignored.
Why can't I turn a blind eye as easily as others apparently do?
Monday, February 1, 2021
It's Tuesday, & there is a suspicious amount of "clean" litter. Recently dropped? By whom? We're in lockdown - there's been hardly anyone around, & the weather's keeping wanderers at home too. I picked these streets no longer than a week ago.... What has happened in the meantime?
I work it out. Can you?
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Our colleagues in the Deal Hop Farm - Deal's Community Hop Growing Project - is launching its 5th Season at the Beginning of February
The project was started in 2017 and in 2020 had some 265 sites in and around the town (people's back gardens, allotments and community spaces) with about 400 local people involved.
Last year the group harvested an impressive 211 kilos of hops and to date its brewing partners have produced over 65k pints of 14 different beers using its hops
To kick the season off it has two virtual meetings aimed at new members and those who want to find out a bit more.
Please register at the eventbrite sites for details of the Zoom meetings
Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Experience tells me that there has been some collecting during my absence - I am not picking weeks' worth of waste. Interestingly what I do find is a lot of very light, transparent items which become camouflaged & easily missed.
Saturday, January 16, 2021
GLEANING NEWSThe 2021 Gleaning Season has officially started – we did our first one this week under the COVID regulations – 240kilos of Potatoes collected.
We are routinely delivering to 20 different local food charity organisations and schools plus contributing to larger amounts going to Felix in London and FairShare in Kent
In 2020, we did 31 Gleans during the year and collected an amazing 10 tons of food.
Nationally ( we are part of the Feedback Gleaning Network ) the total was over 650 tons !
COVID & VolunteeringThe new lockdown and advice on avoidable contact has meant we have to review our risk assessment for the gleans, especially with the more dangerous period that we are in.
Voluntary work is an exempted reason for leaving your home.
The latest advice from KCC is that all volunteers should be having regular lateral flow test for covid, at least every 14 days.
Some of us are doing these weekly because of other volunteering commitments.
Tests are quick and local at Dover Discovery Centre or Sandwich Guildhall.
You can book a test here
Each glean will have its own cap of volunteers depending on the site, parking arrangements and what the farmer wants to happen.
We will be trying to structure different ‘shifts’ between the groups.
GLEAN 21/1/2021Looks like potatoes and possibly some Kale – If you can make Thursday and have a current Test please let me know
Organisational ChangesAs well as being part of the national gleaning network, We work closely with our friends in Hythe (Hythe Environmental Community Group).
Our shared vision is to have independent hubs around Kent who will supply their local organisations as well as combining for larger Gleans when the opportunities arise.
As we grow and co-ordinate with other gleaning hubs, we are setting up an "East Kent Gleaning Group" with its own co-ordinator Charmaine Jacobs who will also be starting up a Folkestone Hub.
The idea of the EKGG is do more gleans on the especially on weekends and try to involve a wider range of farms in Kent
Deal With It and Hythe groups will continue to organise and coordinate weekday gleans. Both groups will maintain independent email lists but will publicise and support EKG gleans
Hopefully all of this will mean more gleans, more produce for local and regional food charities and less food waste.
We are asking all volunteers to register at East Kent Gleaning as well as ourselves- please could you go to JOIN US IN THE FIELDS
If you want to join us or are a local organisation that could do with some of our gleaned produce or a farmer who would host us please email Gleaning@DealWithIt.org.uk
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Sir David Baulcombe, Royal Society Research Professor and Regius Professor of Botany at Cambridge and Michael Crawley, Emeritus Professor of Plant Ecology at Imperial College, London have both submitted objections to the planning application, to Dover District Council.
Sir David says:
"I object strongly to the proposed housing development. This rewilded site is at least of national importance and the development would be an act of ecological vandalism. The Friends of Betteshanger provide a compelling case for complete cessation of this development."
Professor Crawley say:
"The fact is that many of these older brownfield sites are much more valuable in their biodiversiy contribution than the community benefits of new housing. The benefit to the individual developer is clear. But he does not bear the costs of the loss of ecological structure and function. That biodiversity is a genuine community benefit. You must not allow this habitat destruction to go ahead."
We also applaud all the local people who have sent in objections on the grounds of the site's value for wildlife and people. It is obvious that there is a groundswell of opinion now, that during this time of ecological crisis and climate change, sites such as Betteshanger should be left intact for their biodiversity value, for the benefits, both physical and mental that they bring to people, especially at this time of Covid, and for their role in carbon sequestration.
In Dover District Council's new Draft Climate Change Strategy there is a plan for hedge and tree planting projects to improve carbon sequestration and air quality. There is a plan to maintain the existing tree stock, biodiversity and carbon capture rich areas. There is a plan to identify areas suitable for renewable energy, biodiversity and tree enhancement and rewilding. There is a plan for a sustainable pattern of development.
Given these ambitions we see the Betteshanger decision as a watershed moment.
If planning permission is granted then we shall know that the Council's new Climate Change Strategy is so much hot air. However if they refuse we shall know that they are serious in their ambition to tackle both climate change and the ecological crisis.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
It's a sunny afternoon. I venture down an alley unvisited before on foot - I have, rather naughtily already been through on my bike a week or two earlier.
What a site I have missed when I pedalled at speed to avoid being caught! But surely, my misdemeanor pales into insignificance compared with this collection, fenced off from the path? There's a primary school nearby: no doubt children use that footpath.
What kind of message about our environment is this mind-boggling collection giving our young people?