• Discover Bredhurst Woods Through the Seasons

    Bredhurst Woods is an area of 600 acres of ancient woodland surrounded by chalk grassland. It is situated on the North Downs, six miles north of Maidstone (click here for directions).  It is one of the largest woods in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  The woods have been cared for by local people for hundreds of years.  Today, Bredhurst Woodland Action Group (BWAG) manage much of this unique landscape.  A walk along the winding paths of Bredhurst Woods and the adjoining chalk grassland is a feast for the senses at any time of year where you will see ancient trees, wildflowers and a variety of wildlife.  Click here to download a map of the area.  Follow the numbered waymarkers and start your own discovery of the woods.

Greeting Cards

greeting cardsBWAG greeting cards. Left blank for your own message, professionally designed and printed. With thanks to Peter Randall, Jack Picknell, Sally Grist, Elizabeth Owens and Malcolm Lofthouse for use of their photographs.


Pack of 8 different designs £4 + p&p. For orders, please phone Jim Chalmers on 07870 878907 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


BWAG Receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Buckingham Palace VJ Pam Rob smallWe 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 it is the second honour the Queen has granted BWAG in six months. The first being the award of the British Empire Medal to Vanessa Jones, Chair of BWAG, in January for ‘services to woodland management and the community’.

A founder member of BWAG, Pam Newman and BWAG Trustee Robert Attwood attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 19th May 2016 along with Vanessa and her husband. BWAG will receive the award from the The Viscount De L’Isle MBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent on 17th July at an event in Bredhurst to celebrate BWAG’s achievements.

Vanessa Jones said ‘This is a huge honour for all BWAG members and volunteers both past and present who have helped make BWAG so successful and who have brought the woods back to life. Plants, trees and wildlife are flourishing and Bredhurst Woods is now a beautiful place to visit all year round’.


Get Involved

BWAG Task Day - Sunday 19th June, 10am - 2pm


Please come along to our next task day to lend a hand. We meet at 10am at Hurstwood Road, ME7 3JZ.

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So we can plan the work for the day and how many to cater for, we need to know numbers of volunteers in advance. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details of if you want to come along. As always, we'll provide tea, coffee, sausages and jacket potatoes. Thank you! 

Plants and Wildlife

Adonis BlueBredhurst Woods host over 50 ancient woodland indicator plant species, 9 different types of orchids, several European protected mammal species and is a nesting and foraging site for dozens of bird species. We work closely with Kent & Medway Biological Records Centre to record plant and wildlife found in the area so we can monitor and improve their populations. Please use this link to report your sightings.



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