|Main Image – Deal Castle|
|Sunflowers are always so welcoming and what’s not to love.|
|Music Score – Jazz Stomp – Morning Light Music|
|Microclimate sized refugias for hogs and insects.|
|Last Sunday, Suze and l visited The Captain’s Garden in Deal for the first time for their Beefest 2022 – Bee Festival – 10 am – 2pm. Strangely enough, we saw nothing whatsoever to do with bees which were one of the reasons we wanted to attend in the first place.|
We have been thinking of getting some bees and wanted to talk to beekeepers first about the ins and outs of beekeeping – alas, no one was there at the time.
The Captain’s Garden is an actual community garden as opposed to an allotment and a partnership of English Heritage, Deal With It, Deal Hop Farm and local residents. Unlike Gazen Salts however, they are not open to the public daily and visitors are only allowed entry on Open Days.
Looking at their Facebook page, l see that their day attracted 260 visitors, and they managed to raise £466 for garden funds which is a tremendous total indeed. I hope our Open Day at Gazen Salts draws the same visitor levels and funds. We shall see.
However, failing to see the beekeepers, Suze and l thoroughly enjoyed a stroll through the gardens. We could do with one of these in Sandwich, but we don’t have one. We are still waiting for news on the potential of an allotment, but that now seems a very distant horizon concept. Life is filled with delays due to waiting on committees, politics, or the availability of services and decisions.
I can’t help but feel vexed at times by the tardiness of everything, never mind the state of the world today and everything else ongoing! If it’s not one crisis, it’s another, and the whole world is in trouble!
Walking through the loveliness that was the Captain’s Garden, l couldn’t help but feel that Gazen Salts, if it wanted to, could quickly achieve more ‘brand awareness’ if it only marketed the reserve in a more modern way than we currently do. We have been active for the same time as the Captain’s Garden.
It is a 1.2-acre private walled garden dating back to 1733 and used to be part of Deal Castle’s barracks under the command of Admiral Norris. It slowly developed into a military kitchen garden and then, through the ages, further progressed into a Dig-for Victory community allotment. Between 1948 and 1979, it was used as a commercial market garden, but when it ceased to operate, the park was abandoned and went unused and unloved until 2018.
In January of that year, volunteers from Deal With It, a green group of the town’s community and a few other organisations took the project on board. They started to recover it and discover more of its potential for growing again.
It was a lovely day for the walk also, not too warm and not cold, but just enough breeze to make it pleasant. It’s a shame they are not closer, as l was excited at seeing their compost heaps and how much work they needed.
There is a project currently being created in the reserve called Cottage Garden or Guestling Wildlife Garden that l am involved with, but l shall write on that later this week as that has a compost requirement.
|There were also some quirky rhymes written by one of their volunteers, which you can see below, entitled “Rubbish Poetry.” This made me think about a new series beginning here in Earthly Comforts in October from The Country Life Style Diary.|
|These little ‘Rubbish Poetry ‘ displays were interesting but impactive.|
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|All in all, it was a lovely morning outing and hopefully one of many more to come. I hope you enjoy the photographs and l’ll see you next time.|
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