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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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September 2009 (2)

By Pieter Morpurgo, 7th October 2009

Last week the earlier decision to not have Diana gilded has been reversed and the process has now started. Today at the workshop the first of four coats of paint was sprayed on to her. Each coat will be progressively yellow; then a coat of size will be applied before two layers of gold leaf. This process alone will take two weeks.

Diana prior to gilding work

Diana being spray painted in preparation for gilding
The other twelve pieces of bronze will be waxed; two of the “Sirens” are finished and look magnificent. Work has started on cleaning the shells. The encrustation of limescale is severe, and I can report from my own attempts to help clean a piece of one of them, that it is hard work. The limescale has to be chipped off by hand. There are four large shells and they, together with the boys and the Sirens are all due to be back in place in Bushy Park in a month from now.

Two restored sirens
(slightly blurred photo)

Limescale encrusted bronze shell
Diana should be back atop her plinth in November.

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A perimeter walk of Home Park led by Nicholas Garbutt was enjoyed by over 45 people on 2nd September.

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