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