Timeline, 2021 to the present


  • In January the Maintenance Team were forced to stop work because of Covid restrictions, but work on site began again in March
  • Following the resumption of maintenance, a programme commenced to replace broken and lost tree plaques with new gold coloured thicker material
  • In April Martin Herrema, maintenance volunteer with a background in media relations, succeeded long-serving BWT Management Committee member Judy Buckley as Website Editor 
  • At the end of April, after 16 years volunteering - as Environmental Advisor, Consultant, Trustee and Co-Chair - Sharon Bayne stood down from BWT's Management Committee 
  • Following Sharon Bayne's stepping down, Co-Chair John Wale assumed sole responsibility as BWT Chair. A new position of Deputy chair was also created, with maintenance volunteer Adrian Bouwens announced as the first incumbent. And in another change, BWT Treasurer Martin Gray was appointed to the charity’s Trustees, in addition to continuing in his role as a member of the Management Committee
  • In July, skilful sourcing by Maintenance Team Leader Jeff Winn and equally skilful engineering by volunteer Jim Cooper saw a successful in-house repair to the flail on one of BWT's two mowers at a cost of less than £17, thus saving the charity costly repairs 
  • October saw BWT hold its Annual General Meeting
  • In November, several ash trees in Church Meadow which were suffering from ash die-back had to be removed by tree surgeons
  • Also in November, a revised planning application for BWT's proposed car park was submitted to Maidstone Borough Council. The revised application process was co-ordinated by BWT Treasurer Martin Gray