January 2019 Task Day

A marvellous start to the year with 25 adults and lots of children attending our first task day of 2019. We also welcomed 5 new volunteers to the group and met with a new landowner. We even found time for some birthday cake! Thank you everyone for all your hard work.

February 2019 Task Day

Great turn out for today's task day. Welcome to Lynn, Mick, Mike and Mollie who came along for the first time. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work!

March 2019 Task Day

Thank you to everyone who helped on today's task day. Got lots of work done and weather went from warm sunshine to a brief hail storm! Thanks also to our PCSOs who were patrolling the woods and surrounding areas today.

Woodland Walk – 4 May 2019

A great turn out for today's Woodland Walk led by Neil Coombs, Kent Wildlife Trust. Thank you to Neil and to all who attended - a very interesting and informative morning.

May 2019 Task Day

Thank you to everyone who helped today. We repaired fencing, cleared out an old pond, cleared a footpath, removed an obstruction from another path then went on a plant hunt. What a busy (but very enjoyable) day!

June 2019 Task Day

Despite the rain last Sunday, we still had a good number of volunteers attend our task day who carried out a survey of chalk grassland plants Several plots of 2m square were randomly selected to identify what plants were there. To the untrained eye the area just looked like scrub but on closer examination each plot held a huge quantity ...

July 2019 Task Day, Butterfly Walk and Survey

We would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who came out today and helped us on our butterfly survey. We counted 21 species today, with the highlight of finding a Small Blue (Cupido minimus), a new species for the site. The full list of species are: Meadow Brown Gatekeeper Marbled White Small Heath Ringlet Speckled ...

October 2019 Task Day

Volunteer numbers down a bit this month due to half term but the 14 or so who attended achieved loads! Autumn sunshine, plenty of exercise and a good lunch - a very enjoyable day.

November 2019 Task Day

Had an excellent turn out yesterday with over 20 volunteers, including 4 new helpers. Finished clearing the scrub at Primrose Bank so the area is now ready for spring flowers to flourish. There is no task day in December but we'll all be back in January when coppicing will begin. Thank you to all volunteers throughout the year who have ...

January 2018 Task Day

A massive thank you to the amazing 24 volunteers who helped out today in absolutely awful weather! We got loads of work done and had a lovely lunch - a great few hours.

February 2018 Task Day

An excellent task day with 26 volunteers helping and welcome to Paul, who joined us for the first time today. We worked on the scrub clearance area and had 6 brushcutters in use, lots of people raking off the vegetation and used 2 existing burn sites. One of the reasons the scrub is cleared is to help chalk grassland plants ...

March 2018 Task Day

It was great to see a good number of people turn out for our postponed BWAG task today. The weather was mercifully dry and mild! We had a really productive day clearing the coppice area at Plot 50. We burned the brash and stacked a lot of logs ready to be split into fence stakes during next months task. We ...

Bluebells and Cream Tea Weekend

Thank you to everyone who attended our event this weekend and to all the volunteers who helped out. As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the designation of the Kent Downs AONB, this year we were also very pleased to welcome Simon, Mary and Jo who led some of our walks. They gave a fascinating insight into the history ...

June 2018 Task Day

Thank you to everyone who helped out today - 19 of us in total and 4 new volunteers! Got lots done including fencing repairs, cutting back vegetation along Pylon Valley, a litter pick and, as always, had a lovely lunch!

July 2018 Task Day

Thanks to everyone who came along to Sunday's Butterfly Monitoring Walk. It was a good day, considering the heat, many species would have been resting up and sheltering for the latter part of the walk. 20 species were identified and 501 individual butterflies were counted. A brief but close-up view of the Purple Hairstreak was a lovely way to start ...

September 2018 Task Day

Had about twenty volunteers for today's task day and we achieved loads! The mushroom glade was cut back and scallops were created to allow micro climates to develop which will benefit a variety of species. Four footpaths were cleared and ten black bags of rubbish were collected from a recently used campsite - the mess left behind was absolutely disgusting. ...

November 2018 Task Day

Great turn out for today's task day in glorious sunshine! Thank you to everyone who came along - sorry we didn't get photos of everyone!

Medway Fit at Bredhurst Woods – 24th November 2018

We had an amazing day yesterday welcoming over 150 runners from a Medway running club to Bredhurst Woods. BWAG and Medway Fit members marshalled the 10k route around the woods with some runners completing the course in well under an hour. It was a wonderful sight to see the woods full of people enjoying the area and also helping to ...

May 2005 – Formation of BWAG

The group initially started with six people who came together with the aim of stopping further destruction of our ancient woodland.

July 2005 – BWAG at the Kent County Show

BWAG manned a stand (well actually a table!) to promote the activities of the group. Many people signed our petition in support of action required to preserve Bredhurst Hurst.

6th April 2006 – MP Backs BWAG

Hugh Robertson MP visited Bredhurst on 6th April and was handed a 1500 signature petition demanding that action be taken to preserve our woodland. This has now been formally presented to Parliament.

19th April 2006 – Fly Tipping Clean Up Day

On 19th April we organised a fly-tipping clean up day. This was a huge success, with about 60 volunteers, tractors, trailers and a JCB! We removed over 100 tons of rubbish including tyres builders’debris and an Abbey National cashpoint machine!!!!

24th April 2006 – KWT & Bredhurst School

KWT visited Bredhurst Junior School, which was funded by BWAG. They gave a talk to the children on the wildlife to be found in our woods, then took the older children on a nature walk. They were to think about ideas for an art competition, with the winners to be announced at the Bredhurst Woodland Weekend in May.

May 2006 – Launch of BWAG Membership Scheme

We have grown from six founder members to nearly 200 and still rising!!! This includes many businesses. If you're interested in supporting us, please click here to see the membership options available.

27th & 28th May 2006 – The Bredhurst Woodland Weekend

This was a two day event…… On the Saturday the village hall was filled with nature and wildlife exhibits. Also on display were relics found within the village by a local metal detecting club and artwork completed by the children of Bredhurst CE Primary School. The prize winning artwork has been made into brass rubbing plaques that will be mounted ...

11th July 2006 – Kent Bat Club Visits Monkdown Wood

Shirley Thompson from the Kent Bat Club and almost 40 BWAG members visited Monkdown Wood for a night of bat spotting. The evening began with a short talk on bat identification and then a circular walk around Monkdown Wood, finishing back at Boxley Grange.

13th August 2006 – Pimms at Green Court

We held our first social event at Green Court in August. Over 80 people enjoyed Pimms and canapés and luckily the rain stayed away!! Many local businesses generously donated some lovely raffle prizes, which helped to make the evening a great success, raising over £700.

1st October 2006 – BWAG Sponsored Horse Ride

Thanks to Deana Foulds for arranging a very successful sponsored horse ride. A record number of riders took part, coming from as far as Ashford and Whitstable to support us. Over £1200 was raised for BWAG.

25th October 2006 – Badgers in Bredhurst

Dave and Dorothy Witherspoon from the West Kent Badger Group gave an informative and entertaining talk to nearly 50 BWAG members, providing a fascinating insight into the lives of badgers. WKBG & BWAG hope to jointly conduct a full study of Bredhurst Hurst shortly - watch this web site for news on how you can help……..

5th November 2006 – Autumn Clean Up

A very successful day, with support from around 30 volunteers and machinery, ensuring that Bredhurst Hurst is completely rubbish free!! Thankfully, we found no evidence of any recent fly tipping and the rubbish removed, including car tyres, builder’s rubble and scrap metal was mainly that which we were unable to clear in April.

18th November 2006 – Kent Wildlife Trust – Visit to Bredhurst Hurst

On 18 November 2006, KWT held a training day, Woodland Management for Wildlife, aimed at landowners and those responsible for managing woodland. The afternoon session included a visit to Bredhurst Hurst and several BWAG members joined in for a very enjoyable and informative afternoon

26th November 2006 – BWAG Presented with Volunteering Award

BWAG were one of over 650 nominations from across the county for the KCC 'Awards for Volunteering Excellence'. We were nominated for the award by Bredhurst Parish Council chairman and Deputy Lieutenant of Kent, Suresh Khanna. There were 24 'Winners' and 23 'Highly Commended' (47 in total) and BWAG were one of three winners in the environmental category. Several of ...

7th December 2006 – Christmas at Green Court

A good time was had by all drinking mulled wine, eating mince pies and listening to The Cantium Singers, a 50 strong Rochester based choir. We had a very good turn out and raised £916 for BWAG. It was great evening and quite a task supplying mulled wine and mince pies for nearly 200 - a big thank you to ...

25th March 2007 – Spring Badger Event

The West Kent Badger Group & BWAG held a very successful badger survey day. About 20 volunteers, assisted by badger experts, examined various sites for evidence of badgers. We all came away with a lot more knowledge of badgers and their habitats!

March 2007 – Coppicing Begins

BWAG has obtained a felling license to allow areas of the woodland, selected by Kent Wildlife Trust, to be coppiced over the coming two years. The first phase of this work is funded by the Kent Downs AONB Unit and KCC, Local Grants Scheme. Coppicing is essential to allow the woodland to rejuvenate and is beneficial to both plant and ...

March / April 2007 – Renovation of White Hill

White Hill, a favoured spot for fly tippers, has been smartened up! The work includes the clearance of existing fly tipping; new fencing, and the installation of a substantial metal barrier to deter fly tippers and the illegal access by off road vehicles. In addition, two bridle gates have been erected on the bridleway at the top of Strawberry Banks. ...

April 2007 – Byway Repairs

BWAG has secured £5000 from KCC Public Rights of Way to enable an initial section of the byway, from Day Valley to Arran Bank Stud Farm, to be resurfaced. This was required to allow easy access to the area for contractors, who are carrying out extensive maintenance work throughout the woodland - It will also make walking and horse riding ...

14th April 2007 – Adders in the Valley

About 25 members of BWAG and The Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group (KRAG) examined Day Valley, Strawberry Banks and the surrounding areas for evidence of reptiles. We found adders, lizards and slow worms. It was a beautiful sunny day - perfect conditions for a spot of reptile sunbathing! We even spotted two male adders in combat!! Thanks to Martin and ...

28th April 2007 – MP Hugh Robertson Supports BWAG Event

BWAG invited Kent Wildlife Trust to hold their 1st Local Wildlife Site Owners Day at Green Court, Bredhurst, courtesy of Stephen & Jane Page. The event was very well attended by landowners from across Kent and was opened by Hugh Robertson, MP. Hugh stressed the importance of protecting our environment and praised BWAG for its many achievements. During the morning ...

6th May 2007 – Spring Bird Walk

We had a glorious sunny day for our ‘Spring Bird Walk’, led by Owen Sweeney of the Kent Ornithological Society (KOS). It was very well attended and many sightings were recorded including Nightingale, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Long Tailed Tit, Skylark, Chaffinch, Thrush and Mistlethrush. See our Plants and Wildlife page for more information about what you may encounter in our woodland!

23rd June 2007 – Cream Teas & Clarinets

The rain stayed away (well for most of the afternoon!) and the gardens of Grove House looked splendid. Music was provided by Ad Hoc Ebony, a local clarinet quartet, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The event raised £581.00

13th, 14th & 15th July 2007 – BWAG at the Kent County Show

For the third year running BWAG had a promotional stand at the Kent County Show. Our pitch was kindly provided free of charge by the showground to support our community project and in recognition that part of Bredhurst Hurst falls within the parish of Detling. We had many visitors to the stand, some of which we had met at previous ...

28th & 29th July 2007 – BWAG at the National Woodland Trust Conference

Several BWAG committee members travelled to Grantham, Lincolnshire to the national Woodland Trust Conference. This was a packed weekend with a number of informative presentations, workshops and a tour of a local woodland. Speakers included Sue Holden, Chief Executive of the Woodland Trust and Tim Scoones, BBC Executive Producer of ‘Springwatch’. We also had speakers from France, Sweden and of ...