18th February 2008 – Rescue Mission for Orchids and Wildlife

An area of about 1 hectare, which was once chalk grassland, began to return to its former glory this week. Over the past 30 years or so this site, which used to be covered with wild flowers and herbs, had become neglected and overgrown making it uninviting for nesting birds and wildlife. Kent Wildlife Trust advised that the area needed ...

30th March 2008 Official Opening of Renovated Paths

Over 100 people attended the official path opening ceremony, conducted by Nigel Wheeler, High Sheriff of Kent, Cllr Paul Carter, Leader of KCC and Cllr Denise Joy, Deputy Mayor of Maidstone. This was followed by lunch at Arran Bank Farm. BWAG also received good coverage of the event on ITV Meridian News. Following the event, the High Sheriff of Kent granted ...

1st April 2008 – BWAG AGM

The BWAG AGM was held on 1 April 08 and 21 members attended. Neil Coombs, the guest speaker from Kent Wildlife Trust, spoke about the history of the woods from medieval times onwards. The new constitution was formally adopted and BWAG will now proceed with its application to become a registered charity. Our current status is as an Advisory Committee ...

20th April 2008 – KRAG – Guided Walk

The Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group (KRAG) held a survey day on 20 April. Despite the not too friendly weather about 25 members of KRAG & BWAG recorded a number of sightings including, adders, lizards and slow worms. The walk was led by Kevin Johnson and Dr. Rick Hodges of KRAG. A full report can be viewed at www.kentarg.org/content/view/53/45/

25th April 2008 – German TV – Filming Day at Bredhurst

ARD, a German TV company visited Bredhurst Woods on 25 April and spent the morning filming BWAG volunteers at work. The programme was screened in Germany on 5 May. Click here to view footage - all in German though! - Please email postmaster@vanessajones.plus.com if anyone has a translation………

26th April 2008 – Bluebells and Cream Tea

BWAG led a Bluebell Walk through Bredhurst Woods on 26 April. This was attended by approximately 40 members and their guests. The walk was followed by a cream tea at Arran Bank Farm, by kind permission of Pam and Dennis Newman. The event raised almost £200.

4th May 2008 – Spring Bird Walk

A spring bird walk was held on 4 May, led by Owen Sweeney of the Kent Ornithological Society (KOS). Owen, who has now led many walks for BWAG, gave an interesting tour of the woods pointing out birds, plants and other wildlife. It was very well attended and members requested that a Dawn Chorus walk be arranged - details coming ...

7th June 2008 – BWAG Visits the Valley Conservation Society – Tovil

BWAG Members visited the Loose Valley Conservation Area for a very interesting tour, led by Bryn Cornwall, Chairman of The Valley Conservation Society; a conservation group similar to BWAG. The Valley Conservation Society exists to "Protect and enhance the valleys of South Maidstone for the benefit of residents, wildlife and visitors." Founded in July 2000, the Society was formed initially ...

29th June 2008 – Butterflies of Bredhurst

We had an excellent turn out for this informative guided walk, led by Fred O’Hare, whose in depth knowledge of wildlife and nature made the afternoon very enjoyable. Unfortunately, we did not encounter many Butterflies, but we all learnt a tremendous amount about plants and other wildlife in the area. To view a list complied by Fred O’Hare and Issy ...

4th September 2008 – Kent Village of the Year (Environmental Action Category)

Thanks to the hard work of BWAG, Bredhurst has scooped another award. 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 encountered. BWAG representatives attended the awards ceremony and were presented with a cheque for £250.00. This will go towards the path restoration ...

12th October 2008 – Fungi Foray

This event attracted over 40 people, including many children. The walk was led by Tricia Moxley, author and Natural History lecturer. Almost 300 species of fungi have been recorded in Bredhurst Woods over the years, which experts consider to be higher than average for the area.

11th November 2008 – Sheep Help to Restore Woodland

Today saw the arrival of 12 Wiltshire Horn sheep, on loan to BWAG from Kent Wildlife Trust. They will be with us for a 3 week trial period to graze an area of land which we are trying to restore to chalk grassland. The sheep will keep the scrub encroachment to a minimum and allow the site to rejuvenate and ...

4th December 2008 – Carols at Green Court

The annual BWAG carol concert was again very well supported. As bad weather was forecast, the Cantium Choir performed in St Peters Church and guests returned to Green Court for Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and the raffle. Thanks to Rev. Graham Lewis for his support and to Jane & Stephen Page for the use of Green Court. Over 200 people ...

22nd December 2008 – BWAG Awarded £4000

We are pleased to announce that BWAG has been awarded £4000 by Kent Community Foundation, Grassroots Grants towards the cost of materials for further path restoration. Together with £3000 secured on our behalf by the Mid Kent Downs Project and funding raised from various BWAG events, path restoration can now proceed in the New Year. We are grateful to the ...