Monday, August 31, 2020

Captains Garden Open Day 31st August 2020

Thank you to our 150 visitors today at the Captains Garden and for your generous donations (we raised £225 for the Garden today).

Massive thanks to all the volunteers (Penny, Lucy, Sonja, Rafi, Anna, Rose, Charles, Jane, Vicky, John and Steve) for donating their time to make it all happen, go so smoothly and keeping everyone safe.

Thanks also to Sue and Adrian Sullivan for suppling the free trees (many found new homes), Roisin for the Lavender.

We are doing hop picking in the Garden on Thursday 3rd September from 3pm if you would like to try your hand.

Great British Beach Clean Sunday 20th September 4pm


Please this clean includes the Marine Conservation Society survey in the Great British Beach Clean

If you want to participate on this citizen science survey please book a slot on 4pm booking ONLY.

This will require recording what you find.

The rest of the clean will just a normal litter pick

The beach clean will finish at 6pm to ensure rubbish pick up by DDC at 6:30pm


We are looking manage the community cleans a little differently whilst the COVID emergency is on to ensure social distancing and ensure it is safe for all involved as well as the general public

We are asking people to select a start time so we can manage numbers at the start

We will have disinfected pickers, some bag holders and cleaned gloves and hand sanitiser

We start/finish area will be marked for 2m in a one-way system

We will email everyone confirming the details on meeting point on the prom in front of DEAL CASTLE

We ask people to bring their own gloves and sanitiser

Any problems please email us at 

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Sandown Castle Beach Clean Clean 23rd August 2020

Thank you to our 40 volunteers today on the Sandown Castle Community Beach Clean.

We collected 50.2kgs today so very well done all.

Thank you Sandown Castle Community Garden for hosting us and to Sonja, John, Charles, Lucy, Anna and Steve for organising the clean.

These are organised on pre-booked only basis - we have about 7 mini-cleans of 6 people each spread out across about 2km of beach.

Many thanks to Dover District Council who have funded our new COVID related kit thru their Community Grants scheme

Our next clean will be around the main Pier area on Sunday 20th September but at 4pm - full details to be announced in September.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Captain's Garden Open Day Bank Holiday Monday 31st August


This is our first open day of 2020 - its a great chance to see how the work of our volunteers in community garden are progressing to bring this historic garden at Deal Castle back into use.

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

COVID: Please be prompt for your booking time and there will be no 'on-door' entrance to ensure compliance with track-and-trace (details will be kept for 21days)

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.

There will be a separate entrance and exit to Victoria Rd

If you have a bubble group of 6 people please contact us directly

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. Unfortunately, it may not be suitable for everyone just yet.

English Heritage has a No Dogs policy on its property

Any problems with booking please email us at 


Thursday, August 6, 2020

Sandown Beach Clean Sunday 23rd August - Booking Necessary

Our Next Community Beach Clean is at Sandown Castle Community Garden on Sunday 23rd August

NB: You MUST book a ticket if you wish to participate HERE

There will be a strict one way system at the start/finish area, hand sanitiser, all equipment will be disinfected before and after use.

There will be 7 separate start times for groups of up to 6 and we will be allocating different parts of the 1.5km beach stretch we are doing to each start group.

Please bring you own gloves, hand sanitiser, sun cream/hat and something to drink (although there is the Hog&Bean Cafe at the Garden Now :)

Please do not attend if feeling unwell

Please be prompt for the start time you have booked

If you have a bubble group that would like to take part please email us directly at