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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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Website Refurbished!

As we start 2017 and all the surprises that it may bring forth, the Friends have done our bit to make change happen. We have refurbished our website. It is not a dramatic difference, but we have tried to make it a bit easier to navigate around. We have also brought up to date some of the content. We are not giving a prize to anyone who spots the differences, but if you see any errors let us know so that we can correct them.

Did You Know

Deer antlers start growing in Spring in response to increasing day length and at a rate of up to 2 centimetres a day.

The name Bambi comes from the Italian for baby “Bambina” (girl) or “Bambino” (boy). Disney used it as the name for a male deer but then it also called the male skunk in the film Flower. None of the Fallow deer in Home Park use the name Bambi. We are less certain about the Fallow deer in Bushy Park.

  • Change to Winter opening hours from 7th January & update

    The Information Point winter opening hours from Saturday 7th January to Sunday 26th February will be 11.30 am to 1.30 pm.

  • Appointment of new Historic Royal Palaces Chief Executive

    Appointment of new Historic Royal Palaces Chief Executive

    John Barnes, Director of Conservation and Learning at Historic Royal Palaces has been appointed Chief Executive of the Royal Palaces.

  • A vicious fight that conkers can't win

    Britain’s beloved horse chestnut tree is in danger of disappearing from our parks forever.

  • John Farndon

    John Farndon

    John Farndon

    It is with great sadness that we have recently learnt of the sad and unexpected death of John Farndon , a much loved and respected local gentleman who was Chair of the Friends between 1997-2000.

  • Photographers of deer.

    In October the Times and Telegraph both carried photos of the deer rut, contributing to the visitors coming to see it.

    See the newspaper photos here. We are increasingly concerned about the numbers of people coming from even long distances (the rut featured in the Ilford local newspaper and there are photography trips organised from various parts of London promising to ‘get up close and personal’ with the deer). The deer are getting stressed and there is an accident waiting to happen. This is not a new phenomenon. See the Times article on 5 November last year here

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, 26th Jan 8:00 pm

Talk by Colin Squire “80 years of Squires Garden Centres”.

Latest report

Over 50 people took part in the Deer Walk in Bushy Park on 3rd September 2016.

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.