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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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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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July 2009 (1)

By Pieter Morpurgo

Now that the scaffolding has been erected around Diana ready for her removal for restoration, it is possible to see her in great detail.
The folds in the skirt give the statue a feeling of movement. The accompanying pictures give some idea of the fineness of the casting and the carving of the Carrara marble on which she stands.
In fact she hadn’t been set quite straight, so when she goes back on her plinth she will be kept at the same angle rather than straightened up. The stone masons will start replacing some of the stones soon.
The scallop shells are made of bronze not stone. Each of the figures are different. At the four corners boys hold fish which will spout water. The other four statues are also different from each other.
All will dismantled next week and taken to Wandsworth to be thoroughly cleaned and conserved.

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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 26th Oct 8:00 pm

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

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.