16th February 2011 – BBC Visits Bredhurst Woods

BBC South East filmed in Bredhurst Woods a piece which was broadcast today regarding the implications of woodland being owned by numerous owners. Bredhurst Hurst is split into 139 plots which are owned by 104 owners. Many owners now live across the UK and abroad and had to be traced by BWAG to ask permission to access their land to remove fly-tipping, burnt out cars and, more recently, to carry out coppicing and to manage the site for wildlife and other users. This was a major task for BWAG but the majority of owners have now been traced and BWAG are very grateful that most are happy for BWAG to manage their land in their absence. Industry experts recognise that fragmented and multiple ownership of any site causes huge problems for the management of an area. The example of Bredhurst Woods and the work of BWAG are often cited to demonstrate the problems this can cause. To view the broadcast please click here.