Saturday, December 25, 2021

Orchard Progress at the Captains Garden


Garden and Orchard in 1872

Just a quick Xmas update on our plans for the orchard at the Captain's Garden @ Deal Castle. 

We been very lucky to have been working with Brogdale, the home of the national fruit collection, to design the orchard and pick for us interesting varieties which will thrive at the garden. 

They have selected some 65 different varieties for us with lovely names like Chorister Boy, Laxton’s Fortune, Marjorie’s Seedling Plum and Neville Copeman just to name a few. 

The trees will be specially grafted & grown for us by Brogdale which great part of the story. 

We will be planting the first 35 trees in January, then in the spring we are building a Victorian stepover with 16 apples and pears and the remaining 69 trees will be delivered in December 2022 - in total there will be at least 120 trees

The design of the orchard follows the original garden layout from 1800s to 1872 and is part of the English Heritage's Conservation Statement for the Garden

We will be doing another post in January on our public planting day which people can get involved with. 

All this is possible because of our successful Crowdfunding Kent project in 2021 which raised £6500 from about 90 different individuals and local organisations including Deal Rotary Club, Inner Wheel Club of Deal and KCC.

Thank you again for your support in making this all happen in 2021 (+2022)

Have a great and safe Xmas

Captains Garden Community Garden Group


Thursday, December 23, 2021

Deal Town Plan Survey

The Deal Town Plan Survey has been running since 22nd November and will close at the end of the year.

We’re asking everyone in Deal to answer three questions to help shape the future of the town:
  • What's good about Deal?
  • What do you not like about Deal?
  • What could be done to make Deal even better?

It’s a time for giving and that third question is an opportunity for people to suggest a gift for Deal.

Everyone’s answers will contribute to the creation of a new plan for Deal. This will contain a series of actions derived from the survey, that the council will actively pursue, whether on its own or with partners such as Dover District Council or Kent County Council.

The Town Plan Survey, asking these three questions, is available at until the end of 2021. With just over a week to go we’re still keen to hear from as many people in Deal as possible.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Walmer Beach Clean Sunday 12th Dec 2021

Thank you to our 40 volunteers on today's Walmer Beach Clean - we picked about 15 bags of rubbish approx 25kgs.

Thanks to Pete and all at the Sea Cafe for hosting us and DDC for picking up the bags.

Our next community beach clean is on New Years Day at Deal Pier 10am

#PickDealClean # BeachCleans

Thursday, December 9, 2021

2.2 ton Apple Glean for Felix Project

Massive apple glean of 2.2tons for Felix and local east kent food charities.

Thank you to volunteers from Hythe and Deal (especially Lucy, Tim, Jill, Andrew, Elaine, Clair & Steve) plus Sue and Kate from The Felix Project

Thanks to David Bradley for hosting us again.

Our next apple glean is on Monday for Fareshare and again at Eastry contact for details


#gleaning #WeAreGleaners The Felix Project Our Kitchen on the Isle of Thanet

Thank you to Hythe Waitrose Customers


A massive thank you to the partners and customers at Hythe Waitrose who have donated £333 to support our activities

We already spend £180 of it on bags and gloves we need to enable our gleaning activities


Monday, November 29, 2021

Glean for Fareshare 29th Nov 2021


Thank you to our 15 volunteers on todays braeburn apple glean in eastry. 

Approx 850kgs going FareShare Kent and another 250kgs going to local food charities and schools. Big thanks to farmer David Bradley for hosting us today

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Double Glean 25th Nov 2021

Double glean today on two farms! 

We collected 552kgs of spuds and apples all going to local food charities. 

Thx to Jill, Linda, Elaine, Lucy, Clair & Steve and the Selson and Boundary Rd Farms for hosting us. 

Nice to meet Jo and Sheradon from BBC Countryfile Mag

Nxt one is monday for apples for the Fareshare Charity

Food going to 
Deal Age Uk 
Sandown School

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Glean for Felix 23rd Nov 2021

Thank you to our gleaning volunteers from Deal, Hythe and Felix at todays apple glean nr faversham. 

The team collected 820kgs for The Felix Project and a further 150kgs for local food charities.

Thanks to Newlands Farm for hosting us again

Our next apple glean is on Monday 29th Nov at 10am at Eastry.

Please let know if you want get involved

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Sandown Community Beach Clean 21st Nov 2021


Thank you to our 40 volunteers on today's Sandown Castle Beach Clean - Lovely day if a bit windy :)

We collected about 15kgs of mainly small stuff today - lots of fishing line, assortment of cans and plastic bottles and the remains of a lorry tyre !

Our Xmas Community Beach Clean will be on Sunday 12th December on Walmer Beach meeting point Sea Cafe at 10am. 
Mince Pies and pickers supplied :)

Please don suitable festive head wear

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Apple Glean 18th Nov 2021

Thank you to Katharine and all at Newlands Farm for hosting our apple glean today. ROBERT BOUCHER & SON

A joint glean between DealWithIt and Hythe Environmental Community Group (both are part of EastKent Gleaning Network) managed to collect over 2tons of lovely apples.

Our 800kgs is going to Our Kitchen Thanet, Sandwich Pantry , Dover Pantry, Dover Foodbank, Deal Foodbank , Age Uk Deal, Chequers Community Meals, Bechange Community Hub , Holbeam and Sandown Primary Schools

Thx to our Deal team of Jill, Andrew, Clair, Elieen,Tim & Steve #WeAreGleaners #lovedeal #gleaning

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Walmer Castle Beach Clean 31st October 2021


Thank you to our 15 volunteers on this afternoon's postponed beach clean at Walmer Castle Beach - about 20kgs collected in 8 full bags - including some unopened beer, a full set of DingBats and lot of bottles and cans.

Our next Community Beach Clean is Sunday 21st November at Sandown Castle end of Deal Beach 10am. #pickdealclean

Walmer Castle Beach Clean Postponed to 2pm today


Walmer Castle Beach Clean: Today 
Postponed due to forecast rain and wind.
We will now start at 2pm on the prom at Walmer Castle today

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Walmer Castle Beach Clean - Sunday 31st October 10am

The Next Deal With It Community Beach Clean is on Sunday 31st October at Walmer Castle Beach at 10am 

All welcome and equipment supplied - please bring gloves

remember the clocks change that weekend and that the car park on (Barrow Pit) Kingsdown Rd is chargable now

Monday, October 25, 2021

Apple Glean 25th October 2021

Around 920kgs of cox apples and pears collected on todays glean on eastry.

Most of it going to FareShare Kent plus Dover Pantry, Sandwich Pantry Bechange Community Hub Deal Age Uk. 

Many thanks to farmer David Bradley for hosting us and big thanks to our volunteers: Lucy, Lou, Sarah L, Sonja, Sarah G, Jill B, Clair, Joanne & Daughters, Jill K, Andrew, Elaine , Jayne & Steve

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Apple Gleaning in Eastry 14th October 2021


Thank you to our Gleaning team in eastry today - Joanne, Lucy, Clair. Sarah, Andrew, Gillian, Jill, Linda, Sally, Tim & Steve - who collected some 630kgs of Idareds apples.

This is our 40th Glean of 2021 with 11.5 tons of food collected

Many Thanks to Farmer David Bradley for hosting us again - and we will be back next week for some Pears and Coxs Apples. If you would like join us - email

Food Distributed to:

  • Hornbeam Primary School
  • Sandown Primary School
  • Eythorne & Evington Primary
  • Aylesham Primary
  • Dover Foodbank
  • Dover Pantry
  • Dover Sunshine Community Cafe
  • Dover Emmaus
  • Deal Foodbank
  • Deal Age UK
  • Deal Salvation Army
  • Sandwich Pantry
  • Talk It Out
  • Chequers Community Meals
  • United Families
  • Our Kitchen Thanet

#Gleaning #WeAreGleaners

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Deal Beach Clean Sunday 26th Sept 2021

Thank you to our 25 volunteers on Today's Deal Beach Clean part of #GreatBritishBeachClean and #GreatBigGreenWeek

We collected two bags of small bits and did the MCS Survey for the 100m between the Pier and the Boats

Thx to Marine Conservation Society for the new kit 

Nxt Community Beach Clean is at Walmer Castle Beach Sunday 31st Oct Spoooky

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Survey for the Dover District Climate Forum

 If you can spare 5-10 minutes to complete this survey, the newly formed Independent Climate Action Forum for Dover (an affiliation of local environmental groups concerned about the climate crisis) would like to hear from you.

They are gathering information to be able to present our local councils a summary of our concerns and priorities.

The Survey runs to the 27th September. 


ICEAF-DD also has its own Facebook page

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Deal Heritage Day Events at Captains Garden 19th September


The Great Big Green Week activities in Deal, September 18 -26 #GreatBigGreenWeek

Every day at the Astor

Littering the Astor: Rubbish Poetry
An exhibition of art and poetry around rubbish picked up on the streets of Deal.
Helen Charlton, #PickDealClean 


Sunday 19th

Captain’s Garden Open Day 10am-2.30pm
part of Heritage Open Days  

Saturday 25th
East Kent Climate Action Stall in Union St market, 
giving away trees, plants, ideas for sustainable living and much more.

Surprises on Walmer Green and near Deal Castle, 
between 10 and 11am

Meet the Deal Station gardeners
Find out what the Deal Station Garden Group does
Deal Railway Station 2-2.30pm

Sunday 26th

Great British Beach Clean 
9.30am starting at Deal Pier. 
Deal With It

EKCA Guided walk exploring community gardens cared for by the people of Deal
Starts from Sandown Castle Garden 2.30pm finishing at Captain’s Garden approx 4pm.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Deal Hop Farm: Public Hop Pick at Captains Garden Weds 15th 3.30PM


The Deal Hop Farm has its 2nd harvest of the 2021 season on Wednesday 15th September - ( The first one last week produced a cracking 120kgs harvested from 70 sites in and around the town).

This harvest is especially important as it is the one which Time & Tide (our brewers) turn into a Green Hop Beer. This should be available in the towns pubs in about 2-3 weeks time

The site at the Captains Garden will be harvesting theirs on Weds from 3:30pm - please bring a chair and some gloves and if possible email us at so we can check numbers

The Captains Garden is opposite Deal Castle on Victoria Rd

The final Deal Hop Farm harvest will be on Monday 20th September

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Apple Glean 9th September 2021


Thank you to our volunteers - Lucy, Bill, Clair, Jayne & Steve on our first small apple glean (the glean was small and the apples were just right
We collected some 210kgs of lovely worcester apples from Eastry - many thanks to farmer David Bradley for hosting us

Food going to:
- Deal Foodbank
- Dover Foodbank
- Dover Pantry
- Sandwich Pantry
- Sandwich Aged UK
- Deal Aged UK
- Deal Salvation Army
- BECHANGE at Aylesham
- United Families
- Hornbeam Primary School

Monday, August 30, 2021

Deal Castle Beach Clean 30th August 2021

Thank you to our 15 volunteers on today's bank holiday beach clean - weather not as advertised Iam afraid but we did well with about 8 bags collected (including a head and arm !)

Dead seal by fishing boats reported

Thanks to Sonja, Lucy, Nick, Cheryl & Steve for setting up

Next Beach Clean will be at the Pier on Sunday 26th September starting at 9:30am

BEE Fest 29th August 2021

Thank you to everyone who came to the garden today ... some 306 of you ... and the generous donations which amounted to £290. All of which gets ploughed back into rhe garden (pun intentional)

Thanks to Dover Beekepers and our garden volunteer team of Penny, Lucy, Anna, Sonja, Jenny, Rose, Rafi & Steve for running the event and of course to our resident bees (bumble, solidary and honey)

We will be open for Deal Hop Farm harvest in Setptember and the Heritage Day Tour on 19th Sept

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Glean 26th August 2021

Another big glean today for Felix and local food charities. Some 1.5tons of potatoes and cabbage collected by volunteers from Deal and Hythe.

Big thanks again to Trevor at Boundary Rd Farm and our local Deal With It volunteers Lucy, Jill, Clair, Tim, Sally & Steve.

Local food going to Sandwich Pantry, Deal Foodbank, Deal Age Uk, Deal Salvation Army and United Families #WeAreGleaners #gleaning

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Bee Fest and Open Day at Captain's Garden 29th August 2021


We have Dover Beekeepers with us on our Open Day at the Captain's Garden on Sunday 29th August

You Can book a place here or turn up on the day

Friday, July 30, 2021

1st Cherry Glean - 29th July 2021

Deal With It - Gleaning Group:

Thank you to our gleaning volunteers today: Jill, Julia, Sandra, Kieran, Sally, Tim, Lucy. Sarah L, Sonja and Steve.

Some 30kgs of Cherries picked + our colleagues from Hythe collected another 15kgs (Thats a lot) going to:

  • Emmanus Dover, 
  • Sunshine Cafe Dover, 
  • Dover Pantry, 
  • Deal Foodbank, 
  • Deal Salvation Army, 
  • Deal Aged UK, 
  • United Families, 
  • BEChange in Aylesham, 
  • TalkItOut 
  • Chequers Community Meals
  •  and Our Kitchen in Thanet

Big thanks to David Bradley at Selsdon Farm in Eastry for hosting us

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Cabbage and Potato Glean 22nd July 2021


Thank you to our gleaners on a hot cabbage & potato glean today (Sarah, Jill, Lucy and Steve)

Working with colleagues from Hythe Community Environmental Group we collected over 600kgs of cabbages for Felix plus about 200kgs of spuds for local food charities in thanet, sandwich, deal and dover:

  • Sandwich Pantry
  • Dover Pantry
  • Deal Salvation Army
  • United Families
  • Our Kitchen Thanet
  • Dover Foodbank
  • Emmaus Dover
Thanks to our farmers trevor and steve for hosting us at Boundary Rd Farm

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Community Beach Clean - Sunday 25th July 4pm

Our next Community Beach Clean is this Sunday 25th July at 4pm on the prom in front of Deal Castle.

All welcome
#PickDealClean #beachclean #keepkentclean

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Open Day at Deal's Secret Garden - Captains Garden @ Deal Castle

The community gardeners who are bringing back into community use the historic walled garden at Deal Castle have their next open day on Sunday 4th July 10am to 3pm

The Captains Garden is on Victoria rd opposite the drawbridge of Deal Castle

The garden is a work-in-progress one 🙂 our paths can be rough in places so may not be suitable for all

Entrance is free

Tea and Coffee + cake available

please book in advance using the following link or use the NHS QR code on site on the day