Dover Town Council has achieved the Foundation Award of the  National Association of Local Councils (NALC)  Award Scheme with the unanimous support and congratulations of the Regional Accreditation Panel. The Scheme went live in January 2015 and we understand that we were the first Council in Kent to submit an application.   The Award celebrates the…

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Over 100 sportsmen and women, juniors and dignitaries crossed the channel by P& O Ferry early Saturday morning, on 6th June 2015, to take part in the 43rd annual Dover – Calais Festival of Sport. The towns have been taking it in turns to host the festival, which is as old as their twinning, since 1973….

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July is when the hard work put in over the previous months literally bears fruit (and vegetables). It is with both these in mind that we turn our attention to the tomato. Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? The tomato is not alone in its mystery-aubergines, bell peppers, cucumbers, courgettes and pumpkin are…

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In June, harvest salad greens, beetroot, onions, cauliflower, peas, turnips, carrots, fennel, garlic and broad beans. Midsummer’s night traditionally marks the end of asparagus season. Sow French and runner beans, peas, spinach and chard. Pumpkins, courgettes, marrows and other squashes may be sown now,still. But make haste. Water your potatoes. Feed your tomatoes. Enjoy the warmer…

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Take time to sharpen your hoe as an ounce of prevention now with weeds will spare you a pound of cure a little further into summer.  While pellets are always effective, a gravel barrier or eggshell border may well deter the snail and slug on their slow but sure path to your produce. At the…

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While the weather is cool, dig in a 5 or 6 centimetre layer of mulch in your beds and around your perennials, trees and shrubs. Use organic matter such as well rotted manure to prepare the earth for the busy growing season. You might also work in a general purpose fertiliser such as pelleted chicken manure or…

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The Port of Dover’s Community Regatta is back for 2015. Preparations are underway, but the date looks to be set for Sunday, 30 August 2015. You can contact the Port of Dover. Port of Dover Harbour House Marine Parade Dover CT17 9BU  

Sowing begins in earnest now. Mid-month or once the days have gone from lion to lamb, plant broad beans, early peas, carrots, lettuces, spinach, salad leaves, leeks and chard. Plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers – bury them 1” deep and 12-18” apart – bearing in mind that they like to spread and will do so like…

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Make sure that you get your garlic in the ground before the end of February. Break the bulbs into the individual cloves and plant pointed-end up, so that the tip is just covered in soil. Space them 15cm apart in rows that are 30cm apart in a sunny spot, preferably with well-drained soil. Make sure…

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