Sunday, October 14, 2018

Walmer Castle Beach Clean 14th October 2018

Thank you to our 60+ volunteers on today's Walmer Castle Beach Clean. 

20 bags/89kilos collected with over a 1/3 recycleables inc 38 single use plastic bottles!

Todays top finds 2xTents, 1xflipper and part of 1940 invasion defenses (now at Deal Maritime and Local History Museum)

Our next Beach Clean is on Sunday 18th November at 9.30am meeting at Sandown Castle Community Garden

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Deal With It October Update

Another great turn out for our #GreatBritishBeachClean on the 16th September but will so many other local cleans happening at the same time Samphire Hoe, Dover, St Margarets, Kingsdown and Pegwell Bay.

Deal has won Gold award again for SE in Bloom town award which our gardening projects and cleans support.

Deal Station Gardeners and Clean Up Crew. The monthly clean ups have been scheduled thru to next March. Good meeting with South Eastern and National Rail on a number of issues relating to the garden and rubbish at the station

Plastic Free Deal news … Walmer Parish Council have agreed to support. We are currently arranging a Steering Group Meeting at end of October. Contact if you want to get involved or your business would like to support

Refill East Kent. Discussions started with DDC to support the campaign. Up to 50 local refill stations.

Deal Hop Farm – Another amazing year with 178 kilos of hops harvested over 4 days in September with some 350 people involved locally in the project. The Green Hop ‘Hopping M.A.D – Made Around Deal’ is local pubs now (Berry, Lighthouse, Freedman, Just Reproach). As the group have also dried some hops this year there will be a 2nd beer in December. DHF has its Oktoberfest on the 27th Oct.

Landmark Garden – A lot of awards this year: The highest level in the RHS ‘In Your Neighbourhood’, we came second in the Kent Life Community Garden awards and won a Silver in the Kent Wildlife Trust ‘Wild Gardens’.

Captain’s Garden Deal Castle – Weekly sessions at the garden on Tues and Thurs from about 10.15ish to 12ish. Projects extending the hop garden, rebuilding shed, setting up composting bins as well as gardening 😊

Beginners’ Beekeeping Course 2019

This is a course of six two hour theory sessions starting February 11th 2019 at 7.00pm. (Flyer enclosed)

We are working dates for seedy Saturday + next DWI organising/social dates … watch this space

Diary of Events

Thursday 11th October – Deal Rail Station Clean up Crew 16:30pm

Sunday 14th October – Walmer Castle Beach Clean 9.30am

Monday 22nd October – Dover Repairs CafĂ© 18:30pm Biggin Hall (organised by Transition Dover)

Thursday 6th November  – Deal Rail Station Planter Maintenance day 11am

Thursday 8th November – Deal Rail Station Clean up Crew 14:00pm

Sunday 18th November – Sandown Beach Clean 9:30am

Monday 19th – Dover Repairs CafĂ© 18:30pm Biggin Hall (organised by Transition Dover)

Thursday 6th December  – Deal Rail Station Clean up Crew 14:00pm

Sunday 16th December Deal Xmas  Beach Clean – Deal Pier 10am

Thursday 10th January 2019  – Deal Rail Station Clean up Crew 14:00pm

Friday, September 28, 2018

Deal Rail Station Clean-Up Crew meet local rail bosses

The Deal Rail Station Garden's Clean-Up Crew as well as giving the station area a good clean on Thursday also meet with local representatives from both National Rail, South Eastern and Salisbury's.

The Clean-Up Crew is a spin off from the Deal Station Garden which manages the edible garden on the Platforms since 2012 has come together now 4 times over the last three months to blitz rubbish and the 'unloved' feel of the station.

The Station is increasingly the town's gateway and the first impression of the town is not always good

The key areas of concern raised at a positive meeting:
  • Rubbish on the tracks. National Rail only clean the tracks twice a year. Next one is due on 9/11. We have pointed out they have closed the lines several times in the last month and could have used the opportunity to clear the tracks.
  • Bins at the Station. SouthEastern have promised to look at putting more sea-gull proof into the station and increasing the number/location of them. They will also look for more cigarette bins by the entrances 
  • Lighting on the Ramsgate side to London Rd. Both are going to look at options for this, as several passengers have reported to us how unsafe they feel now its getting darker in the evenings
  • The Tri-angle of scrub (The Old Station Masters House location) to bridge/London Rd. This is becoming a rubbish magnet as well as the overgrown brambles effecting the platforms/walk way
  • Water points on the Ramsgate side so we could expand the gardening options there.
  • Anti-Social Behaviour at the Station
  • Supporting the bid to Upgrade the track bridge to a full disabled access one
  • Upgrading the Station Status as this has a impact on staffing levels & coverage times

We have started to tidy up the meadow area - this should be completed in the next two weeks and we will be painting the planters  in October.

Next Deal Station Clean up is on the 11th October.

We are also meeting for a drink & chat in The Bar on 8th October at 7:30pm - All Welcome

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Dover Bee keeping course feb 2019

What to get started in bee keeping well Dover Beekeepers have a introduction course starting in Feb 2019.

Beginners’ Beekeeping Course 2019

1 Pond End Cottages, London Road, Temple Ewell, Dover CT16 3DQ

This is a course of six two hour theory sessions starting February 11th 2019 at 7.00pm.

It is for people who have just started beekeeping or who want to find out more before getting their own bees. Topics covered will include equipment, siting your apiary, the life of a colony, the beekeeper’s year and pest and disease control and prevention.

Students will be encouraged to join their own beekeeping branch/association.

Tutor: Rob Philpott
01304 820371 / 07545127604

Fee £50

Subject Topics

Feb 11th Equipment Parts of a hive
Bee space
Tools and clothing
Natural history Queens, workers and drones
Individual life cycles
Basic anatomy
Function of queen, drones and workers
Age related duties of workers

Feb 18th Beekeeping year March, April, May
Golden rules of colony inspection
Swarms Reasons for swarms
Swarm prevention
Swarm control
Swarm collection
Bee dances

Feb 25th Extraction of honey Types of extractor
Clearing supers
Making frames

Mar 4th Diseases Hygiene

Brood diseases and their control
Adult diseases
Statutory requirements
Good apiary practice

Mar 11th Beekeeping year June to February
Summer extraction
Feeding for winter
Dealing with varroa and pests

Mar 18th Obtaining bees Use of smoker
Opening a hive
Use of hive tool
Setting up the apiary Handling frames
Monitoring the conditions
Identifying eggs, larvae, sealed brood
Recognising healthy brood
Uniting colonies Closing a hive
Making a nucleus

Sunday, September 16, 2018

#GreatBritishBeachClean Deal Sunday 16th Sept

Thank you to our 100 volunteers who turned out for the #GreatBritishBeachClean at Deal Pier this morning.

 In just over an hour we collected over 40kgs of mainly small plastic although we did find a passport and finger-bob (don't think the two are connected :) )

Big thanks to the Deal With It volunteers for the organisation and Wendy who has to work out what we collected !

Our next Beach Clean will be on Sunday 14th October on the Beach in front of Walmer Castle

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Deal Hop Farm's Second Hop Harvest has started

Deal’s own community hop growing project – the Deal Hop Farm – starts its second harvest this week. 

The project which started in 2017 has now over 200 sites growing hops in and around Deal. These are grown in people's gardens, allotments and community spaces (like Walmer Castle, Captains Garden, Landmark Garden) and the project has involved some 300 local people this year

It is one of the largest community growing projects in the country and has been recognised by winning the prestigious Horticulture Week's Custodian Award for ‘Best Community Initiative 2018’.

- First Harvest done on 3rd September 18 sites + 52 kilos of hops. 25 kilos in first brew of Hopping MAD brewed on 4th rest all commercially dried

Members have four days of harvests organised on the 3rd, 11th, 12th and 20th of September with a central collection point of the Landmark Garden in Deal High St from about 5pm on each harvest day.

Working with local brewing partner, the Ripple Steam Brewery, who will be brewing a Green Hopped Beer called Hopping M.A.D: Made Around Deal. This will be available in many local pubs early in October.

"We are trying to be more ambitious this year with the multiple harvests and brews; We are hoping to make the final one a real celebration of our efforts.

It's not just about producing great local beer, although that is of course very close to our members hearts but it’s also about reconnecting to that Kentish tradition & landscape that has been so much shaped by the hop industry.

We will have opportunities for people to try their hand at hop picking and joining in the fun. If people want to experience some hop picking we will picking the hops at the Captain’s Garden at Deal Castle on Tuesday 12th September about 2:30pm or at the Landmark Garden on 20th from about 5pm."

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Great British Beach Clean - 16th September

Our September Deal Beach Clean will be part of the 'Great British Beach Clean' happening all around the British Coastline on the weekend of 14/17th.

This is national survey of rubbish on our coastline conducted by the Marine Conservation Society.

The Deal Beach Clean starts at the Deal Pier at 9:30 and will last for about 1.5-2hrs

All equipment supplied.

Our colleagues at Kingsdown are also having one on the same day

Saturday, August 25, 2018

#TheLongSwim ends in Dover on Wednesday 29th

UN Patron of the Oceans and endurance swimmer @LewisPugh ends his epic swim along the whole length of the channel #TheLongSwin from Lands end to Dover on Wednesday

There are couple of events on Wednesday 29th in Dover to mark Lewis's great 350mile achievement: 

Colleagues from Surfers Against Sewage have organised a beach clean on Shakespeare beach at Dover between 12:30 to 14:30 

Colleagues from the local Goodwin Sands SOS campaign will also be on the beach meeting Hugh at about 1:30pm

Lewis has fully embraced the Goodwin Sands anti-dredging campaign and we would like as many of our supporters to be there to welcome and congratulate him on his amazing achievement

Walmer Beach Clean 25th August

Thank you to our 30 + some little ones volunteers on today's Walmer Beach Clean. 

We managed to collect just over 42 kgs of rubbish today with about 1.5kgs of recyclables.

Our next Beach Clean will be at Deal Pier on Sunday 16th September at 9.30am This will be part of the national survey of beaches along the coastline run by the Marine Conservation Society.

We do have part 2 of our tidy and litter pick around Deal Station on Thursday 30th 4.30pm (meet on London Side)

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Tidy up at Deal Station

The Deal Station Gardeners group has initiated a tidy up campaign around Deal Station.

Last Thursday 12 volunteers cleared the Ramsgate walk way from London Rd and they are again in action on Thursday 30th August on the London/ Car Park side between 4:30pm to 6pm

A cut of the meadow area will happen later in September

All volunteers welcome

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