• 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.

Latest News

2015 BWAG Calendar - PHOTOS NEEDED!!

We are now preparing the BWAG 2015 Calendar and need photos of the woodland and surrounding areas. Please email entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1st October

 

Bredhurst Hurst - Land for Sale (Update 13-09-14)

We have been contacted by members who are concerned that an area of Bredhurst Hurst (we believe to be about 4 acres) has just been put up for sale. BWAG is currently in the process of purchasing an adjacent plot to this land so are not in a position financially to put in an offer for any other plots at the moment. However, we can reassure members that planning restrictions for Bredhurst Hurst are very, very strict. Not only is it in an AONB, there is a blanket Tree Preservation Order across the whole area and it is a designated Local Wildlife Site. In addition to this, the whole area is covered by an Article 4 Direction which basically removes all permitted development rights i.e owners cannot build log cabins or make any changes to the land.

 

 

GIBRALTAR FARM DEVELOPMENT

Save Capstone Valley Poster 2As you may know, an application to bulid 450 houses on farmland next to Elm Court Garden Centre has been submitted to Medway Council by the landowner. BWAG has submitted a letter of objection regarding this development to Medway Council. If it goes ahead, not only will it add around 900 cars to already congested roads, it will also be detrimental to the wildlife which thrives in the area. BWAG works hard to improve the biodiversity of Bredhurst Woods and a huge development on our doorstep could harm the wildlife in our woods. We urge all BWAG members and supporters to send a letter of objection to Medway Council and to sign the various petitions which are available on line. For more details visit the BWAG or Save Capstone Valley Facebook page. To view BWAG's letter of objection click here

Peg - In her New Home

Peg - In Her New Home  

The aviary for Peg has now been built, with thanks to everyone who has donated money, time and expertise. With everyone's help, the £750 raised was just enough to pay for the materials needed as many were given to us at cost. A special thanks to Ackhurst & Sons, Steve Bowring (Twydall Carpets), Nigel King, Jonothan Edwardes (Edwardes Bros Ltd) and to David Clements of IS Home Maintenance. Peg has now been in her new home for a week or two and seems very contented and has clearly formed a strong bond with her new owners. Hopefully, she'll have a long and happy life.

Woodland Products for Sale

Log PhotoSeasoned (minimum one year) hardwood logs from small-scale coppice operations within our woods are for sale. Free delivery within 6 mile radius of Bredhurst is available. Each load of firewood is equivalent to 1m3 and is delivered to your drive or front garden. £60 for unsplit logs and £70 for split logs. Payment due on delivery; cash or cheques accepted.  

For details contact Steve Wright, BWAG Trustee, 07801 386264 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Get Involved

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BWAG hold monthly task days on the 3rd Sunday of every month.  For details click here. BWAG's work to restore the woodland and improve visitor access has been nationally recognised by The Carnegie Trust.  Click here to read a concise impact report about BWAG.

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.

Destruction of Wildlife Habitat - Update

06/06/13

Devastation of Day ValleyAlarge area of scrub at Day Valley and the bank facing Day Valley have been totally cleared by Houlbec Forestry, working on behalf of National Grid. Obviously, vegetation must be cut in the vicinity of pylons as we all need electricity. However, in previous years the cutting back was much more sympathetic to the environment - similar to coppicing and, to BWAG's knowledge, has never been carried out so late in the season while birds are nesting. Unfortunately, the remains of eggs, nests and an Adder have been found. The Police are involved and we await their findings. We can't bring the wildlife back to this spot overnight but we can try to ensure more care is taken to protect our environment in the future. This also emphasises the importance of BWAG's ongoing fund raising to buy plots of land in the area. Of the 104 plots which make up Bredhurst Hurst we now own 1 with another 3 purchases going through - a small number, but it's a start! We have roughly 30 or so owners wishing to sell to us and it is only by purchasing these that Bredhurst Woods can be secured as a community woodland for the benefit of future generations. If you're not already a BWAG Member, please consider joining. Having more funds and members means we can purchase plots quicker and we'll have more control over what happens to our beautiful woods. Thank you for the numerous messages on Facebook and emails of support which are much appreciated.

 

14/06/13

Thank you to everyone for all your facebook messages and nearly 200 emails of support. As there is now an ongoing Police investigation, BWAG will not be making any further comment on this matter. Once the investigation is complete and we are in a position to provide an update, we will do so.

 

16/06/13

The clearance has been mentioned on BBC Radio Kent, BBC SE News, and on the BBC News website here. Click here for the article which appeared in the Kent Messenger.

 

24/06/13

Following a posting on our Facebook page about this incident, a staggering 2,998 people have viewed it!  Thank you for all your emails of support, comments and 'likes'.

 

06/09/13

For those of you wondering if any progress has been made with the Police investigation, we can assure you that this case is still very much 'ongoing'.  As with any legal issues, things move slowly!  

 

21/02/14

The Police have spent many months investigating this incident. However, they have recently informed BWAG that a prosecution is not possible.  It appears that although the Wildlife and Countryside Act is there to protect our countryside; it is extremely difficult to obtain a successful prosecution under the Act.

 

At the invitation of National Grid, BWAG is now negotiating with them to ensure they change their working practices and we are seeking assurances that such distructive actions are not repeated.  BWAG has been provided with a 20 page report by Natural England which details the full extent of the damage caused.  Once negotiations are concluded, BWAG will make the document available to the public. Hopefully, we will also be able to publish a positive outcome from our talks with National Grid.

 

In the meantime, hundreds of BWAG volunteer hours have been spent clearing the debris left at the area and new hedging has been planted which will benefit the wildlife.

 

16/08/14

BWAG's discussions with National Grid are still ongoing.  Now, 64 weeks after the incident, hopefully, we are nearing the end of numerous meetings and reports.  It has been an extremely time consuming and arduous task for BWAG Trustees and our specialist advisors.  Maybe in a month or two, we will be able to report to BWAG members and others what has been agreed.

 

The affected area is now covered with weeds/plants which are not native to chalk grassland. They have appeared due to the disturbance and vegetation left on the ground last year which has fertilised the soil. This will not allow chalk grassland plants to grow as they need poor, unimproved, soil. How this problem can be rectified is just one of the topics for discussion.

   
   

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