March 2015 – BWAG and National Grid

After two years of negotiations with National Grid over the damage caused by their contractors to the wildlife habitat at Day Valley, National Grid have given assurances that they have changed their working practices and are committed to working closely with BWAG in the future. In addition, they are working with BWAG and Kent Wildlife Trust to reinstate the destroyed habitat and have made a donation to BWAG, the amount of which we are not permitted to make public.

This has been a difficult period for BWAG Trustees and, in particular, we would like to thank Dr Lee Brady (Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group), Neil Coombs (Kent Wildlife Trust) and Owen Sweeney for their expert advice.

National Grid has provided the following statement:

‘National Grid recognises the valuable work BWAG volunteers undertake in maintaining Bredhurst Woods as an important environmentally-rich area. In support of this we have made a donation towards tools, training and further ecological surveys.

We are committed to carrying out our vital work as sensitively as possible and we have learnt some valuable lessons from our work at Bredhurst Woods. This will help improve the way we carry out future work, which is important to the continued safe operation of the overhead electricity line. We will continue to work with BWAG when undertaking work in Bredhurst Woods.’