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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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January 2010 update - Diana - the final lap

Photos and report by Pieter Morpurgo January 6th 2010.

Diana – the final lap

Diana and all the other bronzes are now back in place, the water has been connected and works well.

Diana with scaffolding removed

Diana and some of the bronzes
The last part of the work is to attach some bird scarers in the hope that the fountain will stay cleaner for longer. There is one of them hidden behind each of the four sirens. They are powered by solar panels attached to the south west and south east corners of the stonework just above the waterline. Even when very close to the bird scarers the sound is negligible, but they seem to work. If you look very closely you will see that Diana has had protecting spikes added to her head and shoulders.

Just the water to come

One of the bird scarers
If servicing to the fountain has to be carried out there are four rings to secure the boat. The office and workshop have been removed and as the scaffolding was being taken down, each section of the fountain was given a final clean. The whole fountain can now be seen in its fully restored condition. From every side the effect of the cleaning and carving of the nearly 80 replacement bits of marble and stone weighing over a thousand kilos; and the cleaning and waxing of the bronzes, and of course, the magnificent effect of the gold leaf on Diana can be seen from right across the park.

One of the solar panels

Spikes to protect Diana from birds
It only remains to refill the pond and once the water has settled down, the fish will be returned early next year. The whole restoration process has taken six months by a small army of highly skilled craftsmen. They have made the Diana Fountain the magnificent iconic image of Bushy Park for all of us to enjoy. The following are the craftsmen who worked on the restoration:

Stone Masons: – Chris Bromige, Jim Tomlinson, Kevin Harding, Mark Thompson, John Starkey
Bronze Restorers: – Tom Palmer, Justin Hill, Matt Borthwick, Roger Bishop, Oliver White
Fountain Plumbers: – Stephen Croft, Barry McManus, Arron Walsh, Carl Smith, Garry Millward

With many thanks to all of them for their cooperation in the making of these reports.

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Walks & Talks

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The wonders of Fungi – talk by Brian Spooner, former head of Mycology at Kew

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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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