Sunday, June 26, 2022

Sandown Beach Clean 26th June 2022


Thank you to our 22 volunteers on todays Sandown Castle Beach Clean. About 18 kilos collected today. 

Our next beach clean will be in Carnival Week Sunday 24th July meet on prom in front of Deal Castle at 4pm #pickdealclean

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Sandown Beach Clean 26th June 2022

Community Beach Clean this Sunday 26th June 9:30am Deal Beach (Sandown Castle Community Garden end) - all welcome #PickDealClean

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Wingham Glean 9th June 2022

Thank you to our gleaning volunteers today - lucy, elaine m, elaine g, mark, linda, clair & steve - for todays haul of 580 kilos of potatoes and cabbage going to local food charities
  • Deal Foodbank
  • Deal Salvation Army
  • Deal Age UK
  • Sandwich Pantry
  • Dover Foodbank
  • Dover Pantry
  • Our Kitchen Thanet
  • United Families Deal
  • Emmanus Dover
  • BECHANGE Aylesham
  • Big Drum Canterbury
  • Hornbeam School
  • Sandown School
  Many thx to farmer hosts stephen & trevor bradley

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Captains Garden June 5th Open Day

Thank you to our 225 visitors at today's Open Day at the Captain's Garden at Deal Castle and to your generous donations some £381. 

Massive thanks to all our volunteers who made today happen ( Jenny, Penny, Sonja, Anna, Kris, Lucy, Eileen, Philippa, Eilnor, Jeremy & Steve) plus our wonderful musicians (Steve G, Pat, Steve H, Rose, Lynda, Anna-Stina)

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Felix Cabbage Glean 31st May 2022

Deal With It Gleaners

Massive thank you to our volunteers - Linda, Lucy, Sarah, Elaine G, Clair, Elaine M, Mark & Steve - on todays cabbage glean for the The Felix Project food charity we collected some 680kilos or some 884 sweetheart cabbages.

 Thanks to Kate from Felix and farmers Trevor and Stephen Bradley #gleaning #WeAreGleaners

Today's glean takes us to over 10 tons of food collected and some 20 gleans  so far in 2022. 

For joining our mailist or offers to host gleans

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Walmer Castle Beach Clean 29th May 2022


Thank you our 28 volunteers on todays Walmer Castle Beach Clean.

 About 38 kilos of rubbish collected. #beachclean #pickdealclean

Our next one is at the Sandown castle end of the beach on Sunday 26th June 9.30am

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Wingham Glean 26th May 2022

Busy glean today in Wingham - spuds and cabbage plus a visit from phd researchers on food waste and @bbcsoutheast on food poverty

Thx to Trevor & Stephen Bradley our host farmer and our volunteers today Clair, Lucy, Elaine, Sally, Sarah, Lucia & Steve

Local food charities our 509 kgs collected today

  • Deal Food Bank
  • Dover Food Bank
  • Dover Pantry
  • Our Kitchen on Thanet
  • Sandwich Pantry
  • Deal Salvation Army
  • Deal Age UK
  • United Families
  • Hornbeam Primary School
  • BEChange Aylesham

#wearegleaners @feedbackorg #gleaning

Want to get involved or a farmer who could support us please email

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Triple Glean 28th April 2022

Thank you to volunteers - Elaine, Lucy, Jack, Clair, Jill, Mark, Linda & Steve - for todays triple glean of spuds, cabbage and purple sprouting broccoli. 

Some 637 kilos of produce going to local food charities: 

  • Dover Foodbank
  • Dover Pantry
  • Deal Salvation Army
  • Deal Age Uk
  • United Families
  • Our Kitchen Thanet
  • Big Drum Canterbury
  • Eythorne Primary
  • Sandown Primary
  • Hornbeam Primary
  • BECHANGE Aylesham

Thanks again for trevor bradley for hosting us

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Felix Cabbage Glean 21st April 2022

Thank you to our gleaning volunteers - Jill, Linda, Elaine w, Elaine m, Lucia, Lucy, Clair & Steve - on todays mega glean for London Food Charity (The Felix project) with colleagues from Hythe.

We gathered one ton of cabbages for Felix plus some 564 kilos of potatoes, cabbages & purple sprouting broccoli for local food charities: 
  • Deal Foodbank
  • Dover Foodbank
  • Our Kitchen Thanet
  • Dover Pantry
  • United Families
  • Deal Salvation Army
  • Eythorne Primary School
  • Hornbeam Primary School
  • Sandown Primary School
  • Big Drum Canterbury

Appreciate the kindness of our farmer hosts trevor and stephen at Boundary Rd Farm 

#gleaning #WeAreGleaners

Monday, April 18, 2022

Captain's Garden Easter Open Day 2022

Thank you to our 377 visitors today to the Captain's Garden.
We hope you enjoyed your visit You donated at least £445 and that is much appreciated by us.

Big thanks to our volunteers who made the day so successful - Penny, Jenny, Lucy, Rafi, Anna, Elinor, Jeremy, Phillipa & Steve plus our colleagues from Tony & Grand-daughter from the beekeepers, Deal Hop Farm and Pick Deal Clean.
Special thanks to our musicians whose tunes went down very well
We are sorting out our Summer Open Day but probably in June

Photo Maddie4Music

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Cabbage Glean 13th April 2022

Thank you to our volunteers Sonja, Clair, Julie, Mark & Steve on today's 514 kilo Potato and Cabbage Glean. Lots of thanks to farmer Trevor at Boundary Rd Farm for hosting us.

Today's total takes us over 6 tons of food saved from waste and supporting food charitiesso far this year.

Food going to Dover Food Bank, Our Kitchen on the Isle of Thanet, Dover Pantry, Sandwich Pantry, Bechange Community Hub and United Families UK, Sunrise Cafe Dover, Deal Age UK

We are Gleaning cabbages again next Thursday 21st April

Sunday, April 10, 2022

#GreatBritishSpringClean Deal Beach Clean 10th April 2022

Thank you to our 20 volunteers on today's Deal Beach Clean - some 36kilos collected today on the last day of #GreatBritishSpringClean #PickDealClean. 

Lots of high water plastic today and plastic remains of fireworks 

Our next Community Beach Clean is on Sunday 29th May at Walmer Castle Beach at 9:30am

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Deal Pier Beach Clean postponed to 10th April

We have decided to postpone tomorrows beach clean at Deal Pier to the following Sunday 10th April - apologies COVID related.... 

Next Sunday is still part of the #GreatBritishSpringClean. 

If you feel like beach cleaning tomorrow our colleagues at Kingsdown have their beach clean from 10:30am

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Triple Glean 24th March 2022

Thank you to our triple gleaning team - Jill, Lucy, Clair, Elaine, Sarah & Steve - some 528kgs of spuds & cabbage plus 20 boxes of purple sprouting broccoli. 

Massive thanks yet again to Boundary Rd Farm for their generousness 

All going to local food charities this week
  •  Deal Foodbank, 
  • Sandwich Pantry 
  • Dover Pantry 
  • Our Kitchen on the Isle of Thanet , 
  • Bechange Community Hub ,
  • Dover FB, 
  • 3xPrimary schools, 
  • The bigdrumcafe
  •  United Families UK

Gleaning on the 31st ... contact for details

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Wassailing at the Captains Garden

Thank you to everyone (some 287 of you) who came Wassailing today at the Captains Garden - A lovely welcome to the start of our Orchard & a good wake up for our Hops! 

Big thanks to the Deal Hop Farm Scratch band (esp Steve Grayland & Rose Dowd for the research, music & organising) for running the music and celebration despite the windy conditions. 

Big thanks to Kerry from Time & Tide Brewing for the samples to toast with, our beekeepers Tony & granddaughter, Lyn from NGS, the volunteers from the DHF for running their stall (Marita, Jane, John & Charles) and our great captains garden volunteers (Penny, Jenny, Rafi, Elieen, Lucy & Steve) for everything els

Our next Open Day will be on Easter Monday 18th April

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Walmer Beach Clean 13th March 2022

Thank you to our 30 volunteers to today's Walmer Beach Beach - some 37kgs of rubbish removed from the beach today.

Our next beach Clean is at Deal Pier on Sunday 3rd April and is part of the #GreatBritishSpringClean . There is about 10 picks & other events happening that week (26th March to 4th April) in the town plus many more in the district #pickdealclean

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Purple Sprouting Broccoli Glean 3rd March

Thank you to our gleaning volunteers Elaine, Jill, Lucy & Steve on today's Purple Sprouting Broccoli & Potato Glean in Preston - About 340kgs of spuds and 51 kgs of broccoli.

This is going to 10 local food charities this week Deal Foodbank, Dover Pantry, Sunrise Cafe, Dover, Bechange, @AgeUk, Dover Foodbank, Deal Salvation Army, Hornbeam and Sandown Primary Schools #gleaning #WeAreGleaners

Monday, February 28, 2022

Fareshare Cabbage Glean 28th Feb 2022

Thank you to our volunteers (Clair, Sarah G, Sarah L, Sonja, Julie, Elaine, Lucy, Sally, Tim, Renate & Steve) on today cabbage glean for @FareShareKent we collected about 750kgs today from a farm in Stourmouth. 

We have Gleaned 4 tons of food so far in 2022!

Thx to Trevor Bradley at Boundary Road Farm for hosting us

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Deal Station Garden workday Sat 26th Feb 2022


The Deal Station Gardeners were out on Saturday on their monthly tidy up of the planters on the platforms and Spring has sprung at the Station Garden.

A pleasant and social sunny afternoon's gardening today: lots of primroses, and other spring flowers, broad beans, onions and small harvest of sprouts

Many Thanks to Sue, Mary, Vicki, Charles and Sonja for volunteering

Next session on the last Saturday of March at 2pm 26th - if you would like to volunteer please contact Sonja at

The Clean Up Crew (our station litter pickers) will be there on Thursday 3rd March at 2pm

Sandown Beach Clean 27th Feb 2022

Thank you our 30 volunteers on today's bright but cold Sandown Beach Clean - 3 tyres and lots of small plastic picked today - 28kgs in total. 

thx to organising team vicky, charles, john & steve.

Our next Beach Clean is on Walmer Beach on Sunday 13th March meeting at 10am near the Sea Cafe on the Green. #pickdealclean

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

#PickDealClean are national finalists in litter award #LitterHeros

Photographed at the Awards ceremony left to right: DDC Environmental Protection and Crime Manager, Andrzej Kluczynski, Helen Charlton and Karoline Damstead from Pick Deal Clean and DDC's Cabinet member for the Environment, Cllr Martin Bates

Community group Pick Deal Clean’s outstanding achievements were recognised when they became deserving finalists in the #Litterheroes Award category at the Keep Britain Tidy Network Conference 2022.

DDC nominated the litterpicking group for their outstanding contribution to the local environment and their efforts to reduce litter.

Litterpicking volunteers in the district go above and beyond to support council street cleaning services, and work in partnership with DDC to make the district a better place to live.

Pick Deal Clean originally focused on litterpicking during the pandemic but have gone on to develop into so much more. Inspired by the arts, they support DDC’s shared goal of changing behaviour in respect to litter, and strive to reduce the act of littering in inventive and inspiring ways.

They have done this by:
Raising awareness through specific events*
Mobilising and inspiring community volunteering
Creating an interactive google map for their regular pickers to take ownership of areas and ensure their efforts are spread across Deal
Using social media to organise and coordinate litterpicking events
Establishing a network of contacts to resolve issues raised by their members in their community
Working with DDC and engaging in liaison meetings

Cllr Martin Bates, Cabinet member for the Environment, said: “I would like to congratulate Pick Deal Clean in reaching the final list for Keep Britain Tidy’s #Litterheroes Award. Not every hero wears a cape, in fact some come armed with a picker and a hi viz jacket and I sincerely thank Pick Deal Clean and all our other local individuals and community groups for the role they play in helping to keep the district clean.”

Helen Charlton, one of the Founding members of Pick Deal Clean, said: “Pick Deal Clean members are delighted to achieve Runner Up for this national award. We have been established for just under a year and this shows that by working together we can all make such a difference to where we live, making our local areas cleaner and more environmentally friendly for the benefit of everyone.”

The Great British Spring Clean is an annual event supported by DDC and local litter- picking volunteers to clear litter from streets, parks and beaches.

DDC is supporting this year’s Great British Spring Clean 2022 (25 March–10 April) with its theme: One bag makes a Big difference. Visit

Notes to editors:
The Keep Britain Tidy Network Conference attracts over 120 + decision-makers, including local authorities, housing associations and other major landowners, from across England. This event also brings together service and infrastructure suppliers, business leaders with innovative approaches to the environment, influential community leaders and senior figures from the charity sector, along with government ministers and senior civil servants.
*Pick Deal Clean held pop-up awareness raising events including:
A washing line put up in Deal town centre displaying clothing items found on litter picks, interspersed with anti-litter messaging
A rainbow art display made from littered cigarette lighters at St Georges Church
A display made out of crushed littered drink cans at the seafront
A market stand ‘selling’ jars filled with cigarette butts that had been litter picked from the local streets
Pick Deal Clean are on Facebook: and on Nextdoor Deal. Email:

#PickDealClean was setup early in 2020

Thursday, February 10, 2022

2nd monster cabbage glean 10th Feb 2022

Another monster glean for The Felix Project by the Hythe and Deal groups today - another ton on the way to food charities in London.

 Plus about 460kilos going to local food charities:
  • Deal Foodbank
  • Dover Pantry
  • Our Kitchen Thanet
  • Sandwich Pantry
  • BECHANGE Aylsham
  • Deal Age UK
  • Hornbeam Primary School
  • Emmanus Dover

Thx to our volunteers this week - Tim, Sally, Lucy, Jill, Elaine, Clair & Steve.