January 2011 – New Hedge Planted

BWAG has got the year off to a good start with the planting of 200m of hedging adjacent to byway KH94. Thanks to the many volunteers who helped with the planting; to the landowner for allowing BWAG access to his land and to PTES (People's Trust for Endangered Species) who provided the plants free of charge. Once established, the hedge ...

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 ...

8th March 2011 – More Paths Restored

BWAG are very grateful to the Public Rights of Way Team at Kent County Council for organising more path restoration in Bredhurst Woods. The work has made access to the Detling side of the woods much easier. The total cost of the work was £13,600 which included a contribution of £2,500 from BWAG.

17th March 2011 – BWAG at University of London

BWAG was invited to speak at the Natural Connections Conference held at the University of London. Academics and eminent environmentalists heard how Bredhurst Woods has been transformed from an unpleasant site full of fly-tipping and very little wildlife to an area used daily by many people and thriving with wildlife. The presentation was warmly received and the audience appreciated the ...

24th April 2011 – The Bell – Donation to BWAG

Funds raised from The Bell’s successful firework night in November were handed out to several local charities. Trustees Vanessa Jones and Ann Callen were very pleased to accept £250 on behalf of BWAG.

30th April 2011 – Successful Start to Dormouse Surveys

Great concern has been expressed for the future of the hazel dormouse as its numbers across the country have declined by at least a half in the last 100 years. Dormice are a ‘flagship species’. Where they occur the habitat is usually very suitable for a wide range of other species. Many Dormouse nest boxes were erected last season in ...

30th April & 1st May 2011 – Bluebell & Cream Tea Weekend

BWAG held bluebell walks followed by cream teas at Arran Bank Farm over two days this year. The event proved extremely popular with 174 guests over the two days. There were also bird and bat boxes, garden ornaments and firewood for sale. The event raised nearly £1,500.

6th May 2011 – BWAG AGM

43 people attended the AGM. Two Trustees stood down; Melanie Fooks, Treasurer since the group was formed in 2005, and Membership Secretary, Ann Callen, who is emigrating to Australia. Both have given a tremendous amount of time and hard work to BWAG. They are replaced by Dr Kevyn Wightman, who has her PhD in Forestry and Roy Hopkins, an ex-Forestry ...

11th May 2011 – BWAG Receives £10,000 of Lottery Funding

Thanks to help from the Mid Kent Downs Countryside Partnership, BWAG has been awarded £10,000 from Awards for All and £2,500 from Interreg Funding. This will be spent on various items including; Design, production and installation of way markers Design and production of guided walk leaflets Promotional items Wildlife Walks/ Recording Events Updating BWAG Website Training for BWAG Members

16th – 22nd May 2011 – BWAG at Hempstead Valley

BWAG took part in the ‘Garden Show Week’ at Hempstead Valley. Many new members joined and the bird boxes and decorative wooden garden mushrooms proved very popular. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped man the stand, the management of Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre and ‘Theme Events’, the company who organised the show, for allowing BWAG to participate free of ...

27th May 2011 – British Horse Society Gives Award to BWAG

Trustees were pleased to attend the headquarters of Kent Wildlife Trust at Tyland Barn to receive an award from the British Horse Society. Tracey Crouch, MP for Chatham & Aylesford presented the award in recognition of BWAG's work to upgrade several miles of paths for walkers and horse riders.

22nd July 2011 – Bat Walk

Mary Tate and colleagues from the Medway Valley Countryside Partnership led two successful bat walks with over 60 people attending. The walks formed part of the Bats on the Downs Project which is funded by Interreg. Several Bat walks are planned which will examine various habitats and identify the different species of Bats that live on the Kent Downs.

23rd July 2011 – Botany Walk

Botanist Mervyn Brown led a wildflower walk with 28 BWAG members attending. It was a sunny day and Mervyn highlighted many interesting, unusual, and rare plants now thriving in Bredhurst Woods.

7th August 2011 – Guided Tree Walk

Simon Ginnaw gave a guided tour of the woods to 22 BWAG members. He explained the history and folklore associated with many of our native woodland trees, the many roles they play in our everyday lives and the ecosystems they help support.

21st August 2011 – Task Day

The BWAG task days regularly attract 20 - 30 helpers. On this occasion seats were erected in Day Valley and Strawberry Banks.

16th September 2011 – Dowsing, Digging & Dating

In association with BWAG, Richard Emmett from The Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne (HGRS) presented the group’s initial findings from their recent archaeological dig in Bredhurst. Also on display were historical maps and documents relating to Bredhurst Woods and artefacts from St Peter's Church. Over 70 people attended the talk and Richard said “it was pleasing to know that there ...

23rd October 2011 – BWAG Sponsored Horse Ride

Thank you to all participants and helpers. The sun shone (a great improvement on last year’s torrential rain) and we rose over £1300 which will be used for further improvements in Bredhurst Woods.

30th October 2011 – Fungi Foray

Tricia Moxley led this popular event which was over subscribed. Many species of fungi were recorded and full details will be added to the BWAG website soon.

30th November 2011 – Woodland Archaeology Talk

Lyn Palmer and Vivienne Blandford from the South East Woodland Archaeological Forum (SEWAF) gave details about what archaeological features may be present in Bredhurst Woods. They also explained about possible training for BWAG members to understand the archaeology of Bredhurst Woods and to record and identify archaeological features. . Andrew Mayfield, Community Archaeologist for Kent, brought along the new LiDAR …

8th December 2011 – Annual BWAG Carol Concert

Despite torrential rain and gale force winds, the BWAG Carol Concert was a great success. Thank you to the Cantium Singers who gave another excellent performance at the Church and to all the helpers at Green Court. With ticket sales up on previous years and many raffle prizes generously donated by a range of businesses and BWAG Members, the grand ...