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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 (2) Diana's back!

Photos and report by Pieter Morpurgo November 17th 2009

Diana’s back!

Now that the Diana pond is empty, it is possible to walk across the dried pond to the base of the statue, and see in some detail the figures and the stonework. Diana herself will be removed shortly for cleaning and restoration. She is valued at £10m, so she will be handled very carefully. The other eight figures will be cleaned as well Some of the stonework is in a very fragile state and stone masons will soon be working on site to replace the stones which have deteriorated too badly. The next stage of the works is due to start at the end of June.

Diana at bottom of scaffold

Diana being lifted
After four months away being restored and gilded Diana arrived back in Bushy this morning [Tues 17 Nov]. She was wrapped in blankets to keep her safe for the journey and the lift to the top of the fountain.

All the work has now been completed. The stone masons have finished work on hundreds of bits of stone and marble. The bronzes – the four sirens, boys and shells have all been restored and are in place and secured.

New stone under Diana

Securing Diana
The water system has been completely replaced from the edge of the ponds right up to the water spouts, and the water was tested last week, and it worked well. There was enough water pressure, and those of us in the scaffolding at the time were drenched. We were promised just a trickle to test it, but we forgot about the company’s sense of humour!

Diana back in position

Water Test
The stone on which Diana stands is also new and this is bolted to the stone underneath in which this year’s date has been carved. It is unlikely that this will be seen again for another three hundred years. Diana herself is now back in position and has been secured with four sturdy bolts.

Carved date record

Water pipe inside the fountain
All that remains now is for a few repairs to the gold leaf caused by the rubbing of the straps and blankets; a final polish of the bronzes, and the removal of the scaffolding. That is due to start on Monday [23 Nov], so during next week Diana can be seen in her golden glory.

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