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

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

Friday, April 20, 2018

Captain's Garden @Deal Castle update

Captains Garden update: 
poppy river is coming on, the barley has started and 17 of our 21 hops are motoring.

Good progress on clearing the beds.

We would like to complete this in the next week ... so all diggers very welcome next 23rd Tues and 26th Thursday 10am to 1pm

We also hope to string the hop garden next week.

Donations for planting always welcome :)

NEXT: Public Open Day Bank Holiday Monday 28th May 1-3pm

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Where does the Plastic Go? - DDC Talk Thursday 19th April 7pm Deal Town Hall

Remember the days before we relied on Plastic? Smugglers Records today 5:30pm

The bees are taking over the colliery - Snowdown

Former East Kent colliery vision: small business park and rural visitor attraction
Snowdown Site pic for April 2018 Press Release 
Environmentally-friendly beekeeping company to bring new life and innovative small business opportunities to former colliery site
Wide range of new jobs to be created for local community to boost regional economy
Ambitious project to combine research, development, nature and industrial heritage in unique environment
Unique rural visitor destination for glamping, events and staycations

An exciting new project could transform a former East Kent colliery into an environmentally-friendly hub for start-up businesses, artisan producers, research, development and innovation, while at the same time creating an authentic and unique rural visitor attraction, the like of which you won’t find anywhere else in the UK.

Snowdown Colliery closed as a working coal mine in 1987. Since then, the 100-acre site has cut a forlorn figure in the rural landscape between Dover and Canterbury.

Now, 31 years later, plans are afoot to breathe new life into the colliery site, to see it reborn as Snowdown Park. A wide range of jobs, skills-based training, education and research opportunities will be created, alongside a new country park visitor destination for glamping, events and staycations, all giving a huge boost to the local economy and the environment.

Unlocking Snowdown’s potential while creating a genuine buzz at the heart of this ambitious transformation of a long-neglected corner of East Kent’s industrial heritage will be those much-loved friends of the earth…honey bees.

Local businessman and entrepreneur, Patrick K Murfet, Director of Bee Equipment Ltd, is spearheading the dynamic and environmentally-focused Snowdown Park project.

Currently based in the nearby village of Bridge, near Canterbury, Kent, Bee Equipment Ltd manufacture and supply beekeeping equipment for commercial operations and individual apiarists across the UK, mainland Europe and beyond.

A unique combination of nature, heritage and business innovation are the driving forces behind the plans for Snowdown Park.

The Bee Yard is the working title given to the top portion of the Snowdown site, close to the former colliery buildings. The Bee Yard will encompass the business park element of the proposal, the name giving a flavour of the style of the development and its artisan feel. The remainder of the site will form the new country park and visitor attraction: Snowdown Park.

The Bee Yard development at Snowdown Park will bring a much-needed hub for creative and artisan businesses, as well as providing an international centre for research and development into the health and welfare of the honey bee to the region.

The heritage of the former colliery will be seamlessly woven into the new scheme; Snowdown Colliery has a number of buildings of interest, which it is hoped can be brought back to life, preserving the iconic character of the site in a revitalised natural setting that is economically viable.

The natural landscape and topography of the former colliery will be integral to the sympathetic development of Snowdown Park. Once open, lovers of wildlife will be able to learn about bees and beekeeping, while enjoying the huge diversity of flora and fauna on the site, which will be key elements of its appeal for visitors.

Snowdown Park will become a magnet for nature-lovers and creatives, with opportunities for glamping, staycations and all kinds of events, once East Kent’s most exciting and original working-park development is up and running.

Patrick K Murfet said: “We are really excited about the opportunities for job creation and recreation that our unique development of Snowdown Park at the former Snowdown Colliery site offers.

"We have been working with the Coal Authority, the Plumptre Trust and Dover District Council on these exciting plans at the old Snowdown Colliery site for three years, and as everything starts to come to fruition we couldn’t be happier. All parties are supportive of the scope of the development, knowing that the site will be imaginatively and sympathetically reworked for a new generation.

"We aim to contain the redevelopment of the site to about 30 per cent of the total acreage, retaining and working with the site’s original landscape where possible.

"After all this time, we are looking forward to the start of a new and positive chapter for the Snowdown Colliery site.”

Cllr Keith Morris, Leader of Dover District Council, said: “This is a visionary project to bring the former Snowdown Colliery site back into economic and recreational use, playing its part in the exciting regeneration and investment programme driving new jobs and opportunities in the Dover district.

"The team at the Bee Yard at Snowdown Park are creating a real buzz around beekeeping, at a time when we’re starting to realise just how important bees are to world food supply.

"Snowdown Park, together with Discovery Park and the Betteshanger Sustainable Parks form a world-class cluster of environmental and life-science businesses.

"At the same time, Snowdown Park will be open to the public, providing an excellent outdoor facility for local people and visitors alike to enjoy.”

Note to Editors:
For further information about The Bee Yard at Snowdown Park, please contact 01227 832227 or

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

#PlasticFreeDeal - Daily Plastic Info Stalls in the high St

#PlasticFreeDeal as of Plastic Free Deal Week are holding daily information stalls in the High St in Deal

These explain how people, schools and businesses can join in the campaign to reduce the amount of single use plastic in Deal and Walmer

We also have a number of examples of the products people are using in their own homes or businesses as substitute for single use plastic

Please come along and visit us 10am to 12pm Deal High St (either outside St Georges or in the precinct)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

#PlasticFreeDeal Week Starts

 A week of events from the 15th to 21st April 2018 to highlight the plastic issue and hopefully turn the tide. 

New campaigning group PlasticFreeDeal is supported by Deal With It and is part of the Surfers Against Sewage initiative #PlasticFreeCoastlines

The aim of the campaign is to get all Individuals, Businesses in the town, Community Groups and Local Government to take a pledge to reduce its usage of single use plastic by at least three items.

Their website can be found at - facebook page and Twitter

#BigSpringBeachClean - Walmer Castle Beach Clean 16th April 2018

Lovely day for our second beach clean of #PlasticFreeDeal Week at Walmer Castle on Monday 16th April.

We had about 40 people today who collected 95kilos of rubbish.

Lots and lots of bottles found today. We had 20 volunteers from KCC, a group from Bright Sparks Pre-school and great support from passing dog walkers, runners & cyclists

who joined in.

Thank you everyone for coming.

Thanks for Sonja, Vicky, Ian & Steve from Deal With iT for organising and Kristina from KCC and Mark from English Heritage at Walmer Castle for support + welcome tea & coffee!