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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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The Water Gardens restoration completed with Hoods

The Friends completed the restoration of the Water Gardens in Bushy Park with the installation of hoods over the stoup basins. This was to finally replicate the image of the Cascade shown in the painting by Marco Ricci c.1715 which is held in The Royal Collection. The installation can be seen before and after in the photographs shown in our website header.

We must thank our President, Pieter Morpurgo, for his perseverance over several years in pursuing the creation of the hoods which required research to find the original drawings and research to find a suitable supplier with materials that will weather properly. The park managers and Trustees of the Friends are pleased with the result.

The Friends of Bushy & Home Parks Calendar 2018 now on sale

Our 2018 Calendar is now on sale, priced £6.50. It has photographs taken by some of our members in Bushy Park and Home Park. We have chosen 13 images from over 80 submitted by our talented members to reflect the parks you love. Get it at the Information Point.

  • Royal Parks in World War I.

    Royal Parks in World War I.

    Troops of the Army Cyclists Corps advancing along a road during training in Richmond Park,

    To commemorate the WWI centenary, The Royal Parks will be exploring the Parks’ First World War history through a programme of events, community and school activities and research from May 2017 to early 2020.

  • NPL Open day at Bushy House

    NPL Open day at Bushy House

    Open House London

    On Sunday 17 September 2017, NPL is opening Bushy House to the public as part of the Open House London weekend. Normally, Bushy House can only be viewed from the beautiful Bushy Park, but this day offers visitors the chance to glimpse inside the house, which dates back to the 1660s.

  • Parks: Our Shared Heritage

    There is an exhibition opening at the Mall Galleries entitled Parks: Our Shared Heritage.

    A multimedia exploration of the rich and previously hidden heritage of these unique parks, from their creation as Royal hunting grounds to the much loved public parks we see today.

    This exciting new collaboration between The Royal Parks, the Office of Public Works and The Hearsum Collection will reveal many of the wonderful stories of these parks and show how they have gradually evolved to meet ever changing needs.

    The exhibition is on display at Mall Galleries from Thursday 27 July to Friday 11 August 2017.

    It is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00, and admission is free. Please notes that the exhibition will close at 12:30pm on 3 August.

  • FBHP 2017 Summer Party

    FBHP 2017 Summer Party

    On 14 July 2017 the Friends held their summer party at the Pheasantry café.

  • Dukes Head Passage

    The Royal Parks have announced their decision regarding Dukes Head Passage on their website this afternoon.

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

Thursday, 28th Sep 8:00 pm

Talk by Terry Gough

Latest report

A perimeter walk of Home Park led by Nicholas Garbutt was enjoyed by over 45 people on 2nd September.Walk in Home Park- 2nd September

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.