2016 – BWAG RECEIVES THE QUEEN’S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE
We are very proud to announce that BWAG has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK and equivalent to a MBE.
BWAG is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups across the UK to receive the prestigious award this year and it is the second honour the Queen has granted BWAG in six months. The first being the award of the British Empire Medal to Vanessa Jones, Chair of BWAG, in January for ‘services to woodland management and the community’.
A founder member of BWAG, Pam Newman and BWAG Trustee Robert Attwood attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 19th May 2016 along with Vanessa and her husband.
BWAG will receive the award from the The Viscount De L’Isle MBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent on 17th July at an event in Bredhurst to celebrate BWAG’s achievements.
Vanessa Jones said ‘This is a huge honour for all BWAG members and volunteers both past and present who have helped make BWAG so successful and who have brought the woods back to life. Plants, trees and wildlife are flourishing and Bredhurst Woods is now a beautiful place to visit all year round’.
2016 – BWAG Chairman Awarded British Empire Medal
Vanessa Jones, Chairman of both Bredhurst Woodland Action Group and Bredhurst Parish Council was recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List, by being awarded a British Empire Medal for ‘services to woodland management and the community in Kent’. She was presented with her medal by The Viscount De L’Isle MBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent at Penshurst Place on 12th May 2016 and attended Buckingham Palace on 19th May 2016.
2015 – Sir Edward Harvey Trophy
BWAG were awarded the Kent County Agricultural Society’s Sir Edward Harvey Trophy for ‘outstanding services to the forestry industry’. Jim Chalmers, BWAG Trustee, received the trophy on behalf of BWAG at the 2015 Kent County Show.
2014 – Richard Neame Gold Award
BWAG were awarded a Gold Certificate for implementing written management advice and delivering excellent habitat enhancements for wildlife, in particular for hazel dormouse, adder and ancient woodland indicator plants and orchids. In addition BWAG were declared the overall winner for 2014 and a cheque for £1,000 for ‘significant contributions to nature conservation in Kent’.
2011 – British Horse Society (BHS) – Access Achievement Award
Tracey Crouch MP presented BWAG Trustees with the above award.
2009 – Kent Community Foundation, Grassroots Certificate of Merit
BWAG committee members attended the Kent Community Foundation Awards Ceremony and were presented with a ‘Grassroots Certificate of Merit’ in recognition of the achievements of BWAG.
2008 – High Sheriff of Kent Award – ‘In Recognition of Great and Valuable Services to the Community’
Following a visit to Bredhurst by Nigel Wheeler, High Sheriff of Kent to officially open paths in the woods restored by the Royal Engineers, BWAG were very pleased to receive the above award.
2008 – Kent Village of the Year, Bredhurst Wins Environmental Category
Competition judges said that the work of BWAG was of national significance in terms of environmental achievements and was the best environmental project they had ever seen
2006 – KCC, Award for Volunteering Excellence
BWAG were one of three winners in the environmental category from over 650 nominations from across the county.