Timeline 20015 - present

The Ordnance Survey for 2004 shows the BWT land crossed by three public footpaths:-

Running east from Holy Cross Church to Roundwell crossing the Lilk stream at the top end of Major's Lake below Gore Cottage.
Running south east from the first path along the line of the Old Avenue to meet the Ashford Road on the western side of Major's Lakes.
Running south from Sutton Street to the Ashford Road opposite Tudor Park Hotel. 


  • The Willson Avenue path surface was improved in April.
  • Bernard Head, Founder Trustee and Treasurer, died in July.
  • Volunteer hours for BWT totalled 5,247 a year.
  • A portrait of Pauline Moore by Sorel Bagge was donated to BWT by Caroline Chanter.
  • A donation from Bearsted Active Retirement Association of £140
  • Old farm machinery in Moore Meadow was made safe for display.
  • Slow worms from Dartford were re-homed in Moore Meadow.
  • Birds and animals were carved in Turkey Oak in memory of Bernard Head in November
  • A new gate was installed at the Roundwell entrance.
  • Newsletters 27 and 28 were published. No.27 was John Wale's final issue. Judy Buckley edited No.28 with Moira Mitchell, and Paul Street designed it. 


  • This website was rebuilt by Judy Buckley and re-launched in January with a search box and logging in facility for sharing nature notes.
  • A new "off lead" corridor between the church and the Lilk stream path was created for dog walkers, with new gates to the restricted area.
  •  An experimental guided nature walk was arranged in May.
  • A dog show in Main Field was organised by Maidstone Borough Council in June.
  • The BWT stall at Bearsted Fayre included a raffle of a wooden platter made from the Turkey Oak, and a nature table.
  • The Green Man was carved on a broken ash tree in Moore Meadow.
  • Newsletters 29 and 30 were distributed to Friends. 


  • In March a charity run organised by the Stroke Association had to be cancelled for safety reasons after very heavy overnight rain.
  • In April new picnic tables were set up in Main Field.
  • The "dogs on leads" area was regretfully abandoned for lack of support.
  • New request notices about dog control were placed and gates removed.
  • Maidstone Borough Council changed the rubbish collection arrangements.
  • John Wale and Sharon Bayne succeeded Richard Ashness as co-Chairs of the Management Committee which was joined by Judy Buckley and Adrian Bouwens.
  • In December Steve Andrews carved the horse in Riders Wood
  • Newsletters 31 and 32 were distributed to Friends.


  • In June KCC repaired the board walk by the bridge, dislodged by flash floods
  • Tudor park staff returned to help improve woodland paths
  • Sponsoring was suspended for two years (after 450 trees and 64 benches)
  • Plaques on posts were gradually being changed to new ones fixed to maturer trees.
  • Newsletters 33 and 34 were distributed to Friends


  • In June the Tractor Barn, Tennis and Bowls Clubs, were broken into and some BWT maintenance equipment was stolen.
  • In July six Fitness Stations were installed in the Main Field
  • Bearsted Parish Council and ten local businesses contributed to the cost of the Fitness Trail.
  • In September a memorial plaque to woodland sculptor Steve Andrews was fixed under his horse in Riders Wood
  • Newsletters 35 and 36 were distributed to Friends.
  • Some original fencing was replaced in November.


  • In March, during the Covid 19 pandemic, BWT land remained open, but the Maintenance Team (who are mostly retired and therefore deemed vulnerable) stopped work, in accordance with Government instructions
  • The Spring 2020 newsletter Woodlander No.37 was delayed because of lock down.
  • In June the Maintenance Team began work again, with very careful distancing and contact rules.