Thank to everyone for braving the cold wind on the 1st Community Beach Clean of 2021.
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Thank to everyone for braving the cold wind on the 1st Community Beach Clean of 2021.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Nick and Steve repaired one of the planters on the ramsgate side
And today Sonja, Penny, Charles, Vicky & Steve - painted them all and gave the planters a good tidy. and thx to Chris Mansfield for the Photos
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Thank you to our Deal With It volunteers - Lucy, Sally, Jill, Judy and Steve - on today's monster Cauliflower Glean.
With our colleagues from the Hythe Community Environment Group we collected a wopping 1.4 tons.
About 800kgs is going to FareShare Kent and the rest to local food charities in Deal, Dover, Thanet and Shepway.
Big thank again to our host farmers Trevor and Stephen Bradley.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Our first field harvest today - some 375 kilos of Cauliflowers gleaned by our volunteers Julie, Jill, Sally, Lucy, Tim & Steve.
Many thanks to Trevor and Stephen Bradley at Boundary Road Farm for their kind donation
Cauliflowers are going to
- Deal Foodbank
- Dover Foodbank
- BECHANGE Aylesham
- Dover Pantry
- Our Kitchen Thanet
- United Families
- Deal Salvation Army
- Sandown Primary School
- Hornbeam Primary School
- Deal Aged Concern
- Talk It Out
- Felix Project (London Fareshare)
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Can I walk to my friend's house WITHOUT litter picking on the way?
It's a collection route I don't ever frequent so I prepare for the worst.
Halfway to my chums, I have to halt the pick - the bag is so heavy I'm struggling to carry it.
Experience tells me most of the load had been blown from bins, for months, & ignored.
Why can't I turn a blind eye as easily as others apparently do?
Monday, February 1, 2021
It's Tuesday, & there is a suspicious amount of "clean" litter. Recently dropped? By whom? We're in lockdown - there's been hardly anyone around, & the weather's keeping wanderers at home too. I picked these streets no longer than a week ago.... What has happened in the meantime?
I work it out. Can you?
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Our colleagues in the Deal Hop Farm - Deal's Community Hop Growing Project - is launching its 5th Season at the Beginning of February
The project was started in 2017 and in 2020 had some 265 sites in and around the town (people's back gardens, allotments and community spaces) with about 400 local people involved.
Last year the group harvested an impressive 211 kilos of hops and to date its brewing partners have produced over 65k pints of 14 different beers using its hops
To kick the season off it has two virtual meetings aimed at new members and those who want to find out a bit more.
Please register at the eventbrite sites for details of the Zoom meetings
Alternatively you can email email@example.com for more information.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Experience tells me that there has been some collecting during my absence - I am not picking weeks' worth of waste. Interestingly what I do find is a lot of very light, transparent items which become camouflaged & easily missed.
Saturday, January 16, 2021
GLEANING NEWSThe 2021 Gleaning Season has officially started – we did our first one this week under the COVID regulations – 240kilos of Potatoes collected.
We are routinely delivering to 20 different local food charity organisations and schools plus contributing to larger amounts going to Felix in London and FairShare in Kent
In 2020, we did 31 Gleans during the year and collected an amazing 10 tons of food.
Nationally ( we are part of the Feedback Gleaning Network ) the total was over 650 tons !
COVID & VolunteeringThe new lockdown and advice on avoidable contact has meant we have to review our risk assessment for the gleans, especially with the more dangerous period that we are in.
Voluntary work is an exempted reason for leaving your home.
The latest advice from KCC is that all volunteers should be having regular lateral flow test for covid, at least every 14 days.
Some of us are doing these weekly because of other volunteering commitments.
Tests are quick and local at Dover Discovery Centre or Sandwich Guildhall.
You can book a test here
Each glean will have its own cap of volunteers depending on the site, parking arrangements and what the farmer wants to happen.
We will be trying to structure different ‘shifts’ between the groups.
GLEAN 21/1/2021Looks like potatoes and possibly some Kale – If you can make Thursday and have a current Test please let me know
Organisational ChangesAs well as being part of the national gleaning network, We work closely with our friends in Hythe (Hythe Environmental Community Group).
Our shared vision is to have independent hubs around Kent who will supply their local organisations as well as combining for larger Gleans when the opportunities arise.
As we grow and co-ordinate with other gleaning hubs, we are setting up an "East Kent Gleaning Group" with its own co-ordinator Charmaine Jacobs who will also be starting up a Folkestone Hub.
The idea of the EKGG is do more gleans on the especially on weekends and try to involve a wider range of farms in Kent
Deal With It and Hythe groups will continue to organise and coordinate weekday gleans. Both groups will maintain independent email lists but will publicise and support EKG gleans
Hopefully all of this will mean more gleans, more produce for local and regional food charities and less food waste.
We are asking all volunteers to register at East Kent Gleaning as well as ourselves- please could you go to JOIN US IN THE FIELDS
If you want to join us or are a local organisation that could do with some of our gleaned produce or a farmer who would host us please email Gleaning@DealWithIt.org.uk
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Sir David Baulcombe, Royal Society Research Professor and Regius Professor of Botany at Cambridge and Michael Crawley, Emeritus Professor of Plant Ecology at Imperial College, London have both submitted objections to the planning application, to Dover District Council.
Sir David says:
"I object strongly to the proposed housing development. This rewilded site is at least of national importance and the development would be an act of ecological vandalism. The Friends of Betteshanger provide a compelling case for complete cessation of this development."
Professor Crawley say:
"The fact is that many of these older brownfield sites are much more valuable in their biodiversiy contribution than the community benefits of new housing. The benefit to the individual developer is clear. But he does not bear the costs of the loss of ecological structure and function. That biodiversity is a genuine community benefit. You must not allow this habitat destruction to go ahead."
We also applaud all the local people who have sent in objections on the grounds of the site's value for wildlife and people. It is obvious that there is a groundswell of opinion now, that during this time of ecological crisis and climate change, sites such as Betteshanger should be left intact for their biodiversity value, for the benefits, both physical and mental that they bring to people, especially at this time of Covid, and for their role in carbon sequestration.
In Dover District Council's new Draft Climate Change Strategy there is a plan for hedge and tree planting projects to improve carbon sequestration and air quality. There is a plan to maintain the existing tree stock, biodiversity and carbon capture rich areas. There is a plan to identify areas suitable for renewable energy, biodiversity and tree enhancement and rewilding. There is a plan for a sustainable pattern of development.
Given these ambitions we see the Betteshanger decision as a watershed moment.
If planning permission is granted then we shall know that the Council's new Climate Change Strategy is so much hot air. However if they refuse we shall know that they are serious in their ambition to tackle both climate change and the ecological crisis.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
It's a sunny afternoon. I venture down an alley unvisited before on foot - I have, rather naughtily already been through on my bike a week or two earlier.
What a site I have missed when I pedalled at speed to avoid being caught! But surely, my misdemeanor pales into insignificance compared with this collection, fenced off from the path? There's a primary school nearby: no doubt children use that footpath.
What kind of message about our environment is this mind-boggling collection giving our young people?
Saturday, January 2, 2021
Christmas. A storm. Veolia operatives almost overwhelmed with the stacks of recycling to be collected.
Upending boxes at dusk, thousands of paper and plastic scraps float and land in the vegetation-clogged gutters of our town.
The mashup of debris becomes part of the landscape. Do we even notice anymore, as we get our daily exercise, walking the sad streets?
Where does the environment that we all care about so deeply start and finish? Does it include that mucky gutter?