• 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.

BWAG on Camera

As a result of BWAG's involvement with the Carnegie Trust and Keep Britain Tidy, a film has been made showing just what BWAG is all about! Click here to view

Bluebells & Cream Tea Weekend

DSC 5269Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th April
Walks start at 2pm each day

Join BWAG for its popular Bluebell & Cream Tea Weekend. Guided walks through Bredhurst Woods followed by cream teas - shorter and longer walks available.

Tickets £7.50 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.

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

File0106Would you like to be a BWAG Trustee?

If you are interested in the local environment and have a passion for wildlife please consider helping BWAG.  We are looking for two new Trustees, ideally with good computer skills, who can help organise events and have input into the management of Bredhurst Woods.  If you are interested, please contact Vanesa Jones, BWAG Chairman, on 07813 785940 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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

Devastation of Day Valley

06/06/13

A large 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.

 

   
   

Visitors

Today7
Yesterday22
Week127
Month408
Total since 7 Dec 201211317