• 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.

Bluebells & Cream Tea Weekend

DSC 5269Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th April
Walks start at 2pm each day

Join BWAG for its popular Bluebell & Cream Tea Weekend. Guided walks through Bredhurst Woods including a treasure hunt and talk on the history of the woods followed by cream teas at a local farm - shorter and longer walks available.

Tickets £7.00 per person and must be purchased in advance - tickets will not be available on the day (children under 16 free).

For more details and tickets please call Vanessa Jones on 07813 785940 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eventbrite - Bluebells & Cream Tea Weekend

 

 

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. Each load 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.

Carved mushrooms, owls and other garden ornaments are also available.

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.

BWAG and National Grid

After two years of negotiations with National Grid over the damage caused by their contractors to the wildlife habitat at Day Valley, National Grid have given assurances that they have changed their working practices and are committed to working closely with BWAG in the future. In addition, they are working with BWAG and Kent Wildlife Trust to reinstate the destroyed habitat and have made a donation to BWAG, the amount of which we are not permitted to make public.

 

This has been a difficult period for BWAG Trustees and, in particular, we would like to thank Dr Lee Brady (Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group), Neil Coombs (Kent Wildlife Trust) and Owen Sweeney for their expert advice.

 

National Grid has provided the following statement:

 

‘National Grid recognises the valuable work BWAG volunteers undertake in maintaining Bredhurst Woods as an important environmentally-rich area. In support of this we have made a donation towards tools, training and further ecological surveys.

 

We are committed to carrying out our vital work as sensitively as possible and we have learnt some valuable lessons from our work at Bredhurst Woods. This will help improve the way we carry out future work, which is important to the continued safe operation of the overhead electricity line. We will continue to work with BWAG when undertaking work in Bredhurst Woods.’

   
   

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