Queen’s 2016 New Year’s Honours

On behalf of trustess and members, we would like to congratulate Vanessa Jones on receiving the British Empire Medal for ‘services to woodland management and the community in Kent’. Vanessa is Chair of both BWAG and Bredhurst Parish Council and is much deserving of this award. Kent 2016 New Year’s Honours Announced http://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/four-inspirational-people-recognised-48508/

23rd January 2016 – KRAG (Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group) Meeting

BWAG trustees had a great morning with reptile experts Lee Brady, Rick Hodges, Gail Austen and Steve Songhurst from KRAG (Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group) identifying possible survey sites for later in the year. Bredhurst is classed as a site of 'county wide importance' for Adders and we have plans for talks and surveys throughout the year.....and of course, if ...

30th January 2016 – Police Patrol Bredhurst Woods

Police responded promptly today to a report of off-road motorbikes trespassing on private land in Bredhurst Woods. They came in this vehicle and a 4x4 and we are grateful that they visit us so often!  

7th February – Extensive Damage to Bredhurst Woods

Why can't vehicle owners keep to the byway where they're allowed?! It's a pretty simple rule. Why must they keep cutting down fences that volunteers have spent hours putting up. One day they may have children of their own and may appreciate taking them somewhere nice. Until then, they just spoil the area for everyone. We wonder if these individuals ...

13th February – Land Donated to BWAG

BWAG are pleased to announce that we now own another plot in Bredhurst Woods. Plot 124 was very kindly donated to BWAG by Pam and Rob Peers in memory of their daughter, Debbie. They explained to Trustees ‘ Debbie would have been thrilled to know that the land is being so carefully looked after and we think it is wonderful ...

28th February – More Damage to Bredhurst Woods

Heart breaking to see the damage caused to footpaths in Bredhurst Woods in recent weeks. This is PRIVATE land which a few irresponsible and mindless individuals take pleasure in destroying. These paths are normally used for the BWAG Bluebell walk in April but we're not sure if the damage can be repaired before then. We have spoken to the Police ...

2nd March – Farewell to Owen

A very sad day today as we say goodbye to Owen Sweeney, a strong supporter of BWAG who led many bird walks for us over the years and carried out several bird surveys. He was also of tremendous support to BWAG throughout our difficult negotiations with National Grid. A lovely kind hearted man who will be sadly missed.

3rd March – All About Adders

Many thanks to Dr Lee Brady for a fascinating insight into the world of the adder and other reptiles at the BWAG event 'All About Adders'. It was well attended, 2 new members joined and 4 new volunteers came forward to help with this year's surveying. More details about the monitoring programme will be advertised very soon.

4th March – Jazz in the Village

A fantastic evening with the Graham Mann Quartet - all are exceptionally talented musicians. Thank you also to our professional sound and lighting engineer, James, who set the perfect atmosphere for the evening and to all guests who made this a sell-out event. We took just over £1600 which will go towards the upkeep of Bredhurst Woods.

6th March – Vehicles Trespassing on Private Land

A busy day in the woods today. The Police were phoned on 3 separate occasions, twice about off road bikes trespassing on private land and the last call was regarding two 4x4s which were trapped in the woods as both gates were padlocked. The got out by smashing the padlock off at Scragged Oak Road but not before a very …

11th March – Meeting with Police

Police officers from the Rural Team met with Trustees today to discuss what help they can offer BWAG to stop the extensive damage being caused by off road vehicles illegally trespassing on private land. It was a very successful meeting.

12th March – Byway KH94

Off road drivers/riders often give the excuse that they don't know which paths they're allowed to use. The only route vehicles may use is KH94 (shown in red on the map below) and ONLY if they hold a valid Kent County Council permit. If they are driving/riding on KH94 without a permit or are on any other path in Bredhurst ...

3rd April – Police Operation

A huge thank you to Kent Police for organising a special operation in Bredhurst Woods and the surrounding area today. An off road motorbike team and four squad cars patrolled Bredhurst, Boxley Warren and Walderslade Woods all day. Thank you also to the 20+ BWAG volunteers who kept look out throughout Bredhurst Woods and had all roads in the village ...

5th April – BWAG Presentation at Maidstone Ramblers Meeting

BWAG trustees were made very welcome tonight at the Maidstone Ramblers meeting. Our presentation was well received and they kindly gave a generous donation to BWAG. Look out for them tomorrow as they are visiting Bredhurst Woods and The Bell!

17th April – Good Numbers Attend April’s Task Day

Several new volunteers attended our April Task Day. We were also grateful to ‘Invicta 4x4 Off Road Club’ for coming along to help. Their members have permits to use the byway which they use legally and responsibly. It's good that we can all work together to make the woods an enjoyable place for us to all use.

30th April – Adder Monitoring

Thanks to Dr Lee Brady of KRAG (Kent Reptile & Amphibian Group) for leading the walk and sharing his expertise with members.

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

Thank you to all our guests and volunteers who made the weekend so successful. We took just under £1,000 with many people kindly giving a donation on top of their ticket money. We also had new members join BWAG.

7th May – BWAG at Bredhurst School May Day

BWAG attended the Bredhurst May Day celebrations. We were also joined on our stand by Chris Drake from 'Old Chalk New Downs', a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund which focuses on restoring chalk grassland and other downland habitats in North Kent, between Kemsing and Detling. For more information about OCND and to sign up to their newsletter, follow ...

12th & 19th May – BWAG Chairman Receives 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 ...

2nd June – 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 is 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 is the second ...

8th, 9th & 10th July – BWAG at the Kent County Show

BWAG were pleased to attend this year’s Kent County Show. We had lots of visitors to the stand over the three days and signed up several new members. Thanks to all volunteers who made the weekend successful and enjoyable.

17th July – BWAG Receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

A very proud day for all BWAG Trustees, Members and Supporters as we received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service from the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, the Viscount De L'Isle. The celebrations wouldn't have been complete without the Cantium Singers who gave an excellent performance. We were also grateful to many VIP guests who attended including the Viscountess De L'Isle, ...

3rd September – BWAG at Bredhurst Art, Craft & Produce Show

BWAG were very pleased to attend this lovely traditional village event. We had many visitors to our stand and several membership enquiries. Congratulations to all exhibitors and to the show committee for the hard work they put into organising this event. Take a look at some of the entries to get ideas for what you could enter next year! Anyone ...

4th September – BWAG at Bredhurst Cats Protection Open Day

The newly refurbished centre in Matts Hill Road was officially opened by ITV Meridian’s early morning presenter, Amanda Piper. The centre homes more than 700 cats a year and now has state-of-the-art units, ensuring that cats have a comfortable stay and plenty of room to exercise while they are at the centre. The day was very busy with over 1000 ...

8th September – BWAG Bat Walk

Thank you to everyone who came along to the BWAG Bat Walk.....and a special thank you to Mike Cracknell and John Rawle for leading the walk (John came from Cambridge for the walk!). Lots of bats and lots of bat facts from Mike and John!

18th September – Volunteer Task Day

A great start to our 'new look' monthly task days which are now led by Rob Pennington, Kent Wildlife Trust.  A huge thanks to Rob and to all the volunteers who helped today. We had 28 helpers who installed 33 wooden posts - we even found time to clear a footpath of brambles! We had a great lunch in great ...

16th October – Volunteer task day

A special task day today installing 'Owen's Perch'. For those of you who didn't know Owen, he was a kind and generous man who was a huge supporter of BWAG. He assisted greatly in our negotiations with National Grid and, over the years, led many bird walks and surveys for BWAG. He also helped with the 2010 Orchid Survey. We ...

1st December – Carol Concert

A huge thank you to all guests and volunteers who made this year's event such a success. In total we took £1400.33 (£868.33 ticket sales / £25.00 donations / £432.00 raffle & £75.00 silent auction). The Cantium Singers gave another lovely performance for us at St Peters which was followed by mulled wine and mince pies at Green Court. A ...