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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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November 2009

Photos and report by Pieter Morpurgo November 2nd 2009

The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks are most grateful to the following for the unrestricted access that has been allowed to make these Diana restoration updates:
The Royal Parks agency;
Universal Stone Ltd;
Plowden & Smith Ltd and
The Fountain Company.

The bronzes are back

The north siren back in her position

All three of the north bronzes
As promised the 12 bronzes of the Diana Fountain have started arriving back in Bushy Park after their restoration. Some of the Sirens’ fingers were missing – they have been replaced as have two of the monsters’ tails on which the sirens sit astride. All the bronzes have had six coats of wax to help protect them for the next three hundred years.

The restoration is now in its final stages. The internal plumbing in now in place and ready to be attached to the sirens and the boys. They will be the only parts connected to the water supply; although it will be possible to connect the shells at some future date. It is hoped that the fountain will be tested for the first time this Thursday afternoon, (5th November) although there won’t be much to see from the outside as the scaffolding is still in place. The stone masons are busy carving the last few stones. The detail is being copied from the original stones. It’s a pity that their work will only be seen from a long way away.

One of the final large pieces of stone being positioned

A shell back in position
In the last few days all the companies involved have been working on the fountain, ready for its completion later this month. Diana herself is due to return on 17th November. She will be covered until she is back on her plinth. The gold leaf could be easily marked, so she won’t be unveiled finally until just before the scaffolding is removed.

New pipe work inside the fountain

North-west boy being fixed

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