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Chair’s Welcome

I am delighted as Chair of the Friends to welcome you to our website. Bushy Park and Home Park are two wonderful large green oases in the south west corner of London. Feeling wild, they are natural places with ancient histories, fascinating heritage and superb wildlife. Both are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) containing rare species. These are places to be enjoyed and conserved. Which is why the Friends exist, campaigning, supporting and protecting the parks, and enhancing visitors’ enjoyment with information, advice and guidance.

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Calling all photographers

Calling all wildlife photographers in Bushy and Home Parks! We are seeking photographs of the parks for our 2018 calendar. Up to 4 images relating to Bushy or Home Park. No more than 4 from any photographer! Images that reflect the four seasons, winter spring, summer, autumn. The pictures submitted by a photographer can be of any one or more of the seasons. We are especially keen to have photos relating to Home Park as that is a less common subject among park photographs. The subjects can be of landscapes, wildlife, nature, heritage but must not contain people in any way that they can be identified. The picture image must be provided in Landscape Format, not Portrait. Each image must be compressed to 1Mb or less for initial judging and in .jpeg format. Those chosen will need to be re-submitted in original size on request. 13 images will be chosen (one is for the cover) and the judges decision is final. Images not chosen for the calendar may be posted on our website or on our Facebook page. The photographer of any image used will be credited when published. The cut off date for submissions is 14th July so not long to go! Email your photos to: fbhpdigitalphotolibrary@yahoo.com The proceeds of the calendar are used to support our projects in the two parks. We hope you will offer to share the results of your enjoyment of these parks with our members and park visitors

Timothy Bennet can rest easily again

Hooray. Following representations to Google Maps by The Royal Parks and various community groups surrounding Bushy Park there has at last been a correction to their map covering the area. Google Maps had wrongly labelled the historic Cobblers Walk through the park, calling it Nightingale Lane.

Harrumphing to them about historic rights of way has been effective eventually and perhaps we can all rest a bit more easily in our beds. That said, Google may have gone a bit overboard and labelled parts of other paths in the park as Cobblers Walk, so watch this space.

  • Ticks and Lyme disease

    Ticks and Lyme disease

    Tick

    Ticks are small creatures related to spiders and mites and feed on the blood of humans, dogs and other animals. They cannot jump or fly, so they cling onto vegetation and wait until host brushes past to attach to their skin. Whilst the risk is very low, they may transmit Lyme’s disease.

  • Oak Processionary Moth

    Oak Processionary Moth

    Oak Processionary Moth

    June is the time of year when the caterpillars of this non-native invasive Moth are on the move and may be seen “processing” around the trunk or branches of oak trees.

  • Hampton Wick Big Picnic

    Hampton Wick Big Picnic

    Hampton Wick Big Picnic

    Come along to the King’s Field to join in the fun at the Hampton Wick Big Picnic on 11th June, 12-3pm.

  • Great British Bee Count - Join the buzz and help Britain’s bees

    Great British Bee Count - Join the buzz and help Britain’s bees

    Friends of the Earth is running the Great British Bee Count, which runs until 30 June

  • News from the Hampton Wick Association

    Last year, the Hampton Wick Association set up the Friends of Hampton Wick Library to ensure that people in the area are aware of Hampton Wick Library and make good use of it.

Why we need more Friends

With more members our voice is stronger when we campaign to protect the Parks, and with more subscription income we can do more to provide information and education about the Parks, their wildlife and their history.

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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Saturday, 2nd Sep 11:00 am

Latest report

Pippa Hyde led a group of 30 plus on a lovely, tranquil evening walk in the Woodland Gardens.

Full report...

Information Point

The Information Point next to the Pheasantry Welcome Centre café is where our volunteers help visitors to find out more about the parks and where visitors can purchase souvenirs of your visit to support our work.

Click this panel to visit our Information Point section and also to find out how you can get involved as a volunteer.