National Meadows open day of 2021 – its a great chance to see how the work of our volunteers in the community garden are progressing to bring this historic garden at Deal Castle back into use.
The 1.2 acre Captain’s Garden dates from 1733 and was the private walled garden of the Captain of Deal Castle, Admiral Norris. The garden developed more into a kitchen garden for the castle in 19thC and during WW2 was a Dig-for-Victory community allotment.
From about 1948 to 1979 is was a commercial market garden and then subsequently went into disuse for nearly 40yrs
In January 2018 volunteers from Deal With It (Deal’s local Community Green Group), the Deal Hop Farm (a DWI Community Hop growing project in the town) in partnership with English Heritage (the custodians of the site) started to bring the site back into use, with the aspiration to turn the space into a free-to access garden for the whole community in Deal and Walmer.
Those wishing to visit the garden must book a slot at: