Work has started on an extension to the water-harvesting project at the allotments, with the help of more than £1,200 of local authority grants.
Dover District Council has given £860 to the scheme and Deal Town Council £400.
There are already 14 barrels collecting rainwater from the roof of the composting area in the top car park.
In the next phase, nine more barrels will be installed on individual plots.
Terry Johnson and Ron Barton have been working on the levels for the new barrels and installing slabs for them to stand on.
Within the next few weeks a pipe will be run along the fence from the car park then trenched along the path to carry stored water to the new barrels as shown on this water map.
Once work on that part of the scheme is complete, a similar system will be installed at the other end of the allotment site, using water collected from the roof of the composting area in the main car park.
* Photos by Iris Faulkner
The next committee meeting is on Monday December 3. If there is anything that you would like members to discuss please email the secretary at email@example.com
The Kings Seed Catalogue orders have arrived. If you placed an order you can now collect your seeds from Ron Barton. He will be available tomorrow morning (Saturday, November 24) from 10am to noon, either on one of his plots, 21B or 22B, or at the large container.
The next committee meeting is on Monday November 12. If there is anything that you would like members to discuss please email the secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
The environmental group, Deal With It, is holding one of its regular Seedy Saturday seed and plant swaps on Saturday at the Landmark Centre. Full details here.
The clocks change over the weekend and with that comes a change in the rules for bonfires.
From Sunday you will be able to start a bonfire from 3pm.
Please remember, though, to check for hedgehogs and other wildlife before you light any fire.
Chairman Tony Fursland is once again hosting a bonfire and fireworks on his allotment (plot 60) on Friday, November 2. The fun starts at 7pm.
All plotholders and their families are invited.
There are a number of pointed fencing stakes on offer at £1 each. They are 5ft in length and 3ins in diameter. If you’re interested call Dave Ward (plots 1B & 2 ) on 07725 888585.
A pile of manure has been delivered to both main car parks. The cost for plotholders is 75p per barrowload. Please make your payments to any committee member.