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Woodland group fights fly-tippers
Muddy tracks in the woodland area
A specific plan to manage the woodland area is being drawn up
Campaigners working to protect an area of Kent woodland have received the backing of a local MP.

The Bredhurst Woodland Action Group (BWAG) is tackling damage caused by fly-tipping and off-road vehicles in Monkdown Wood and Bredhurst Hurst.

The 600 acres of land lie within the parishes of Bredhurst, Boxley and Detling, near Maidstone.

Kent County Council leader Paul Carter and Conservative MP Hugh Roberston are now lending their support.

Monkdown Wood and Bredhurst Hurst are currently designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest, but a 1,500-name BWAG petition is working towards making it a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The campaigners plan a community clean-up day and nature workshops in schools in April, plus an awareness-raising Bredhurst Woodland Weekend in May.

BWAG said off-road vehicles and fly-tippers were abusing the public byway that runs through the ancient woodland and chalk grassland, often straying onto footpaths and bridleways.

"A small minority are destroying this irreplaceable amenity," the group said.

Fencing and barriers have been put up, but trees have then been cut down to make new pathways around them.

Less than a quarter of the estimated 80,000 needed to carry out the group's work has so far been raised.


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