• 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.

Starting on Monday, 3rd October, contractors will be working on the area of scrub between Day Valley and Strawberry Banks. On advice from Kent Wildlife Trust, this area will now be managed as a 'woodland ride' which means the area will be opened up and vegetation will be kept short to attract different species of wildlife and insects. The work is being overseen by Kent Wildlife Trust and contractors will only be using hand tools (chainsaws & brush cutters) which is less damaging to the site. Any queries, please phone 07813 785940

BWAG Volunteer Task Days

1aBWAG Task Days, led by Kent Wildlife Trust, are held on the 3rd Sunday of every month. The next task day is on Sunday 20th November


Whether you’re a regular volunteer or coming along for the first time, come and join the  next  task day, led by Rob Pennington, Kent Wildlife Trust. We meet at 9.45 at the allotments in Hurstwood Road, Bredhurst ME7 3JZ


Jobs for the 20th include finishing the installation of Owen's memorial bench, preparing wooden posts to install on a later task day and cutting back vegetation. At every task day there are jobs to suit all abilities – from cooking the sausages and making the tea, litter picking and more strenuous jobs for those who like hard work!

Tools and lunch are provided (Sausage in a roll, tea & coffee).

Either email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07813 785940 in advance to let us know you’ll be attending or just turn up on the day. Your help will be much appreciated.

Join the fun, meet new friends and help improve and protect Bredhurst Woods!

Join Us

Please consider joining BWAG - membership starts from just £5 per year. Whether you would like to help us financially or have some practical skills to offer, your support would be much appreciated. Members have full voting rights and receive regular updates and invitations to attend wildlife and social events.


High membership numbers are vitally important to the success of BWAG as they demonstrate to funding organisations that we have community support. With around 400 members this shows funders that there is a clear need for and an interest in our conservation work. Since 2005 when BWAG was formed, over £200,000 has been secured for the restoration of Bredhurst Woods. This would not have been possible without our members.


Please click here to view the types of BWAG Membership available and application form. Select the option which is best suited to you, your family or business and click the membership type to view and download the application form.


Thank you for your support

Visiting Bredhurst Woods

Spring Leaflet Front CoverAutumn Leaflet Front CoverFor maps and to download our latest leaflets, please click here

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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