Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sandown Castle Beach Clean 17th Nov




Thank you to our 35+ volunteers on this morning Beach Clean at Sandown Castle.

Lovely still morning with great views across the Channel- over 18kgs rubbish collected

Our next community beach clean is on Sunday 15th December meeting at 10am at Hut55 on Walmer Beach - We will have teas/Coffee + mince pies for afterwards (please bring a mug)








Thursday, November 7, 2019

Deal Station Triangle Tidy 7th Nov

Thank you to our 30 volunteers on this morning's litter pick and tidy of the wooded Triangle parcel of land nxt to Platform 2 at Deal Rail Station.

We were joined by volunteers from National Rail - between us we filled four x 1 ton builders bags of rubbish and cleared paths to allow future picks.





The land is going to be leased to Deal With It for 2years. The idea is to do monthly picks at the site as well as carrying out a full wildlife and habitat survey with a view a producing a long term management plan in 2020 to enhance the site's ecology.

Next litter pick / tidy up will be on Thursday 5th December at 10:30




Deal Beach Clean Sunday 17th November


Friday, November 1, 2019

Deal Station Triangle Litter pick & Tidy Thurs 7th Nov 10:30am

We have a Litter pick and Tidy up in the wooded Triangle area of Deal Rail Station on Thursday 7th Nov starting at 10:30am 

We have wanted to get into this part of the Station for several years - it was the site old Victorian Station Master's House until WW2. 

National Rail are in the process of leasing the land to Deal With It for 2yr so we can litter pick every month and conduct a wildlife survey with a view of establishing a proper management plan for the area

All Volunteers are very welcome - please wear heavy boots and gloves. The Clean up will last for a couple of hours.

Further details please email info@dealwithit.org.uk or phone 372673

Monday, October 21, 2019

Kent Gleaning dates in Oct/Nov



We have dates the next set of Gleans in Kent …. Please use the link to book and get full details


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSepc_2RUNhtEuNgOjcoPvfOFe8wslY0feeCLkaoi12V9CcFoA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Wednesday 23rd October 11am-3pm - APPLES
Eastry


Monday 28th October 11am-3pm KEEPING SPARE FOR EMERGENCY SHORT NOTICE CROPS
(perhaps Brenley/ Maggie nr Faversham)


Tuesday 29th October 11am-3pm APPLES
Newmafruit,  CT4 7HQ


Wednesday 30th October 11am-4pm (invite Tudor school Group who’ve gleaned with Phil) APPLES/PEARS
Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 9SN

Friday 1st Nov 1pm-3pm (unless James or a WRAP group is willing to start earlier) SQUASH
Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BE

Saturday 2nd Nov 11am-4pm SQUASH
Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BE

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Apple Gleaning starts in October




Great Gleaners of Kent,

Orchard season is upon us and we're preparing for another busy season gleaning wonderful fruits (and some fabulous veg too) across Kent, and we need your help to glean it all for charity!

Kent Gleaning Network is currently coordinating the following gleaning days. We warmly invite you to sign up for these events in advance and will send out further details in the week running up to each event.

Additional gleaning days will be added as we learn of more crops across the county in need of rescue. We aim to give 1-2 weeks notice of gleaning events but this is not always possible.

Monday 7th October: 3pm -5pm (exact times to be confirmed): We'll be gleaning potatoes from a farm near Wingham.

Due to the short notice of this glean please contact us directly at kent@feedbackglobal.org to join in. Minibus lifts will be available from Folkestone.

Thursday 9th October: 3pm-6pm (times to be confirmed): We'll be gleaning apples and/or pears from a farm near Sandwich.

Monday 14th October: 11am-4pm (times to be confirmed): Gleaning apples and/or pears from a farm near Sandwich

The rescued fruit & veg will be donated to local charities and other organisations that feed people across the region, which means that the healthy fruit will avoid waste and instead enter a supply chain supporting people in food poverty.

Ready to get gleaning? Fantastic! **Sign up here** to provide us with a few basic details. It’s really helpful if you can sign-up ASAP, as this gives us an idea of numbers and drivers. You'll be sent info in advance of the gleaning day including travel information. We will try to organise lift shares or collection from nearby train stations for as many people as possible if you sign up in good time.

If you do sign-up and later realise you can’t make it, then that's not a problem, just please email me to cancel at Carrie@feedbackglobal.org so we can plan accordingly. Last-minute drop-outs can sometimes have knock-on effects, so please just say if your attendance is in doubt. 

Expenses: Travel expenses for fuel or public transport can be covered for those travelling from nearby – just check with us first (we cover up to £12 per gleaner per day or £6 for half day gleans).

Do get in touch by email if you have any questions and I hope to see you out in the orchards over the next few weeks!


Best & beetroot,



Carrie

Kent Gleaning Network Coordinator (07920404546)

Deal With It - October Events


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Walmer Beach Clean with Wayne+Koda


Thank you everyone who came on today's Community Beach Clean on Walmer Beach - it was a hot one!

We had over 60 volunteers who collected nearly 32kilos of litter including some 7 kilos which we could recycle.

It was great to see colleagues from Litter Picking Watch Romney Marsh joining us as well Wayne Dixon and Koda who are walking the full UK Coastline litter picking as they go! They will be in the town for the next couple of days so say hello to them




Big thanks to Nigel and the O'Brian family for helping to organise and Pete and the Sea Café for hosting us.

Our next clean is part of the MCS 'Great British Beach Clean' on Sunday 22nd September Deal Pier 9:30am. All Welcome



Friday, August 9, 2019

#KentGleaning - 1.5 tons of Cherries in July/August



We have spectacularly gleaned right to the very end of the cherry season. 
This week's gleans saw us rescue 187kg on Monday at Selson farm and another 155kg at Newmafruit on Wednesday. I know I've said this before, but this really does mark the end of cherry season- the farms have removed their nets and the rain expected tonight will spoil any final remaining fruits (although I suspect the wasps will have got in their first anyway). I want to thank you all for your spectacular efforts to rescue as many cherries as possible.

I thought you'd like to know that in total this year we have gleaned 1541kg cherries in Kent. That is a serious amount of fruit which has now been devoured by some of our regions most vulnerable people. A 'portion of fruit (according to the "eat 5 a day" campaign) is 80g for an adult, so we have gleaned sufficient cherries this year to feed 19,262 people a portion of the finest Kentish cherries! And if that doesn't sound impressive enough- Newmafruit (one of Kent's largest growers and importers of fruit) harvested 50 tonnes of cherries from their orchards this year and they considered 2019 to be a very good year, so the fact that a group of considerably less experienced pickers managed to glean over 1.5 tonnes on only 8 partial days of picking (including some seriously hot days plus having to do a lot of quality control on some of the varieties) is amazing. Thank you all very, very much!

The next glean we have planned is on the 14th August starting at 3pm. This will probably be leafy veg and potatoes near Wingham but farms are now harvesting plums and Newmafruit has offered us there's when they're finished picking so keep an eye on your email inboxes, there may be some more dates added any day. It's also now early apple season, but I don't expect there to be a rush for these any time soon (I hope!). If you'd like to sign up for 14th you can do so here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSepc_2RUNhtEuNgOjcoPvfOFe8wslY0feeCLkaoi12V9CcFoA/viewform?usp=sf_link


And if you're not already on the Gleaning Network mailing list and would like to receive emails when we have gleaning days scheduled you can do so here:

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/join-us-in-the-fields-its-time-to-get-your-hands-dirty/

Finally, we were chatting about the British sugar industry on Wednesday's glean and I thought some of you might be interested in reading Feedback's exploration into the UK sugar industry and it's impact on our soils. It was truly a shock to most of us when it was shared amongst the team: https://feedbackglobal.org/campaigns/sugar-beet-and-soil-depletion/about/ there's plenty more campaigns, research and studies on different aspects of the food system on The Feedback Website, if you're passionate about sustainable foods I do suggest giving it a browse when you have the time.

Once again, thank you so much for joining us on the final week of cherry gleaning, it was a true pleasure to see you all out in the orchards and I look forward to seeing you again soon on one farm or another.

Best and beets,


Carrie

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Last Cherry Glean Date is Monday 7th August at 3pm nr Eastry


The Last cherry glean organised by the #KentGleaningNetwork will be on Monday 7th August at 3pm to 6ish at a farm near Eastry

You must register on the link below if you intend to come.....


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSepc_2RUNhtEuNgOjcoPvfOFe8wslY0feeCLkaoi12V9CcFoA/viewform


There will be other gleans throughout August usually on a Monday and Wednesday  at farms with potatoes, cabbages and Cauliflowers (not all of these are suitable for kids)



Sunday, July 28, 2019

Sandwich Bay 'Cuddle Earth' Beach Clean 28/7/2019


Thank you to 65+ volunteers on the 'Cuddle Earth' Sandwich Bay Beach Clean - we collected nearly 70 Kgs today. 

Well done to Cuddle Earth ( a local Sandwich Toy Company), Ollie from 100tons of Plastic and our Deal With It Volunteers for organising today … Rose, John, Sonja and Steve.

Our next DWI Community Clean is at Walmer Beach on Sunday 25th August at 9:30am meet at the Sea Café

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Gleaning near Sandwich this week



📣 GLEANING CALL OUT! Please share far and wide! We’ve just discovered a huge crop of cherries going to waste on a farm near Sandwich in Kent. This fruit is perfectly delicious but the farm are unable to harvest all of the crop and those wonderful cherries are too good to waste. So we're setting out to save as many as possible – and we NEED YOUR HELP. The more volunteers we have, the more food we can save!

On Wednesday 17th July from 3pm and on Friday 19th July 11am-3pm, we'll be gleaning at a beautiful farm near Sandwich. The fruits will then be donated to charities and other orgs feeding vulnerable people throughout our region. We warmly invite you help us get Kent's finest cherries to those who need them most. We can cover some travel expenses from surrounding towns –just check with us first. To join us on the glean, sign up here:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSepc_2RUNhtEuNgOjcoPvfOFe8wslY0feeCLkaoi12V9CcFoA/viewform You will then be sent more info about the gleaning day including travel coordination. We are also keen to hear from community groups, churches and other orgs that may be interested in running gleans of their own, helping distribute produce in local communities or making use of gleaned produce within their existing activities. If you'd like to discuss any of these please join us on a glean or send an email to carrie@feedbackglobal.org. Hope to see you in the orchards soon!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Deal With It July 2019 Diary



DWI July 2019


Saturday 6th July – Open Day at the Captain’s Garden @ Deal Castle
Supporting National Meadows Day – open 11am to 3pm

Sunday 7th July – Deal Beach Clean 9:30am meeting at Sandown Castle Community Garden

Monday 8th July – DEMAIN (Tomorrow) At Deal Film Club Astor Theatre £8??
Adrian Sullivan from Deal With It and East Kent Climate Action Introducing Film 7pm

Tuesday 9th July – Captain’s Garden Volunteer Session 10am to Noon

Thursday 11th July – Captain’s Garden Volunteer Session 10am to Noon

Thursday 11th July – Deal Station Clean Up Crew 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Monday 15th July – Dover Repair Café, Biggin Hall Dover

Tuesday 16th July – Captain’s Garden Volunteer Session 10am to Noon

Thursday 18th July – Captain’s Garden Volunteer Session 10am to Noon

Thursday 18th July – Deal Station Clean Up Crew 4:30pm to 5:30pm (then every two weeks)

Thursday 18th July – Deal Hop Farm Monthly meetup
Smugglers Café Sandwich 6:30pm

Tuesday 23rd July – Captain’s Garden Volunteer Session 10am to Noon (then every week)

Thursday 25th July – Captain’s Garden Volunteer Session 10am to Noon (then every week)

Sunday 28th July – Sandwich Bay Beach Clean Cuddle Earth/DWI 10am
No Charge for access for beach cleaners.

Wednesday – 7th August – Plastic Free Deal meet up – Landmark Bar 6:30pm

Monday 12th August - Dover Repair Café, Biggin Hall Dover

Saturday 24th August – BEEFEST + Seedy Saturday at the Landmark Garden 10:30am to 12:30
Dover Beekeepers + Bee products + Plant Swap 

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

Thursday 29th August – Deal Hop Farm – Harvest Briefing Meeting at Landmark 7pm

Sunday 22nd September – Great British Beach Clean meet at Deal Pier 9:30am
National Marine Conservation Society recording clean

Sunday 22nd September – Open day at the Captain’s Garden 12-4pm
National Heritage Day in Deal

Sandown Castle Beach Clean 7th July 2019

Thank you to our 40 volunteers on today's Beach Clean at the Sandown Castle end of Deal Beach. About 20kgs collected today with about 4kgs of cans and spent Barbeques.

We also found 6 inflated ballons which can do a lot of damage. 

Special beach clean  at Sandwich Bay on 28/7 at 10am + next after that Walmer 25/8 



we also found some keys on todays clean

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Deal Beach Clean 23rd June 2019



Thank you to our 45+ volunteers on today's Community Beach Clean at Deal Pier.

We collected some 31kilos of rubbish with 6kilos of stuff that can be recycled. This is a great total given that DDC had done thorough job early this morning. 

Our next clean is two weeks time 7th July at 9:30am meeting at Sandown Castle end of the beach to support the work of the community garden there.