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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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October 2009 (2)

Photos and report by Pieter Morpurgo October 21 2009.

At the beginning of next week the bronzes which have all been restored in a workshop in Brixton will start their journey back to the Diana Fountain in Bushy Park.

Repairing one of the monsters’ tails

The four shells showing the results of the waxing process
Two of the Sirens and two of the shells will be arriving on Monday morning and will be secured back in their original positions. The label for each piece has been kept with the right bronze all the way through the restoration process.

Some repairs have had to be made with replacement pieces of bronze. Four of the Sirens’ fingers and two of the monsters’ tails had been damaged possibly when they were move from Hampton Court in 1712. Each of the new pieces has been date stamped so in future years it will be known when the repairs were made. The remaining bronzes – the other two shells, the two remaining sirens and all four boys will return over the next week or so. All the bronzes have been treated with six layers of wax to afford them as much protection as possible from the weather and the pigeons!

Diana in her new gold colour

The south west boy with Diana in the background

Close-up of Diana’s head
Diana, herself, now covered in gold leaf is due to return on about 6th November. She is being left as long as possible for all the paint and glues to harden off. She stands 2.38 metres tall and weighs 924 kilos. She will be carefully lowered into exactly the same position as she was, and any repairs to the gold leaf will be carried out on site. There is bound to be at least a little rubbing of the straps which will support her while she is being positioned.

The first bronzes should start arriving at about 10.00 on Monday 26th October.

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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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