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  1. Aerial View
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  3. Naming Controversy
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  5. Diana Restoration
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  7. Diana on the Move
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  9. Restoration Photo-reports
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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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Diana Restoration

As part of the National Heritage Lottery Fund awarded to Bushy Park, the last of the major projects was the restoration of the Diana Fountain. It is the iconic image of Bushy Park and the restoration in 2009 was the culmination of the regeneration of the park.

Work started in March with the removal of the fish from the pond. Many were taken to the Long Water at Hampton Court and the rest dispersed among the ponds and waterways in Bushy Park.

The pond was then emptied and a walkway was built from the north side of the pond to allow access to the fountain itself. All the bronzes, thirteen in all - 4 boys holding a fish, four Sirens sitting astride monsters, four shells and Diana herself were removed to a specialist workshop in Brixton where they were to be cleaned , restored and waxed.

Much of the stone work was in poor condition, many stone cracked and broken beyond repair. 82 pieces of new stone were carved, and replaced the worst affected stones. All the stone joints were raked out and filled with a mixture of lime and Portland stone dust which has provided a watertight seal and looks better.

All the stone work was cleaned, and in October the bronzes were brought back to Bushy Park. Each one returning to its original place. Every piece had been meticulously surveyed and marked.

During the cleaning process it was decided that Diana should be gilded. This process took one expert two weeks and has completely transformed the look of the fountain.

Eventually the water, all 17 million litres of it, was let back into the pond, having been held back by a rubber bung for nine months.

In 2014 the whole structure was cleaned again and the waterspouts cleaned and adjusted to keep the water flowing as it should. The bronzes have been rewaxed and any damage to the gold leaf has been repaired.

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, 23rd Nov 8:00 pm

The Royal Parks in the Great War. Talk by David Ivison

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

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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.