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.
Thank you to everyone who came along today with special thanks to two new volunteers - Lol and Den. We got loads of work done which is helping the glade to really take shape. The small clearings we are making will soon be a haven for wildlife.
The sun was out for today's task day which was much better than last month's snow! We welcomed three new volunteers - Rosie, a new member who helped with lunch and Steve and Andy both long standing BWAG members and Bredhurst residents. We're grateful to Annie for carving two lovely crosses for Bredhurst School. Everyone's help was much appreciated - ...
Thank you to everyone who supported the Great Bredhurst Tidy Up today. We had 19 helpers who collected 44 bags of litter, cleaned several street signs and cut back the vegetation on the M2 bridge, The Street ready for the re-painting of the railings next week. We also cleared grass from the pavement which doubled its width! A tremendous effort ...
Many thanks to Kent Police who regularly patrol Bredhurst Woods. Thankfully, the majority of vehicle owners have permits and are considerate to others. We're also grateful to individuals and off road clubs who help on some BWAG task days.
Three trustees attended a tree course at Knepp Castle, Sussex, yesterday to study and debate ways to look after veteran trees, dead wood, fungi and much more. An excellent day led by Ted Green. The day really made us all think about how we care for our trees in Bredhurst and what steps we can take to improve their health. ...
Thank you to the 20 volunteers who helped with yesterday's task day. We welcomed 3 new members; Bob and Frances who helped with wiring posts and Kisna who travelled from his home in Dartford to help! Delicious cakes were home made by Seann. We got lots of works done and had a very good lunch.
Thank you to all our guests and volunteers for making our event so successful and enjoyable and one of the most profitable to date! We raised nearly £1500 which included many new members (£150), sales of BWAG carved mushrooms (£130) plus donations of over £200! All money raised goes towards the upkeep of Bredhurst Woods which is solely funded and ...
Had a great afternoon on Saturday attending Bredhurst School's 150th anniversary May Day celebrations. Lots of visitors to the BWAG and Parish Council stands. We were very glad to provide our support to the school.... and we received a lovely thank you card yesterday!
Thank you to all volunteers who attended today's Task Day and it was great to have help from St Peter's Explorers. We created a 'dead hedge' which the wildlife will love!
Photos from today's fair...loads of stalls!
A great afternoon with Simon hunting for plants and wildlife.
Thank you everyone who came along to Task Day today and especially to Ann & Barry Callen. A few years ago before they emigrated to Australia, they were both very active BWAG members and Ann was a trustee for many years. They actually planned their trip to the UK this year so that they could join us today! We repaired ...
Thank you to everyone who came along to our event on Saturday and especially to The Cantium Singers who gave another excellent performance. We raised just under £900 which will all go towards the upkeep of Bredhurst Woods. Also, thank you to everyone who donated raffle prizes, including Parkwood Hairdressing and many BWAG members and to The Bell who allowed ...
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out and to Nigel Jennings for some great photos!
Great day for adder spotting. Lee Brady gave us an excellent overview of their habitat and food preferences.
Great task day today clearing the path from Kemsley Street to Strawberry Banks. Thanks to everyone who helped and especially the younger helpers from St Peter's Explorers and new members Amanda, Jacob and Andy.
Thank you to Kent Field Club for visiting Bredhurst Woods to monitor fungi. Although many species have previously been recorded, the recent dry weather meant fewer species were found. They're all still there but they just need some rain!
Photos from the Old Chalk New Downs event... a very enjoyable day!
BWAG Trustees spoke at today's Kent Wildlife Conference.
Thanks to everyone who helped get BWAG into the Christmas spirit today. A task day with a difference!
Thanks to Paul Dyason and his staff at Co-op, Parkwood who made BWAG and other charities very welcome today. BWAG were very grateful to receive a cheque for £2,112.99.
Photos from St Peter's Fayre.
Thank you to all guests and helpers who made Thursday's BWAG Carol Concert a great success. The Cantium Singers gave a splendid performance and the evening raised over £1,000. A lovely start to Christmas!
The group initially started with six people who came together with the aim of stopping further destruction of our ancient woodland.
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.
Approximately 400 meters of fencing erected - from village hall and along the byway, to stop vehicles trespassing onto private land. This was funded by the Mid Kent Downs Project.
The fencing of Day Valley to protect this valuable area of chalk grassland was completed. This was part funded by the landowner and the Mid Kent Downs Project.
Filming took place on 25th March, and BWAG made headline news on 1st April. The article summarised the problems in our woodland and the efforts of BWAG to address these issues.
Paul Carter, the Leader of Kent County Council visited Bredhurst Hurst and the surrounding area to see for himself the damage caused by off road vehicles and fly tipping.
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.
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!!!!
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
For the 2nd year running, BWAG manned a stand at the Kent County Show to raise public awareness of the problems faced in Bredhurst Hurst.
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.
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.
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……..
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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!
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...