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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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News archive

  • FBHP opposes conversion of Jenny Lind pub to KFC

    Last night the council planning committee considered the re-submission of the application to turn the former Jenny Lind pub in Hampton Hill High Street into a take-away. If granted the building would be converted and extended to house a KFC take-away within a few feet of the Hampton Hill New Gate to Bushy Park. Read the FBHP presentation opposing the KFC here …

  • Future governance of The Royal Parks

    “Earlier this year the Government announced its commitment to transfer greater responsibility for the management of The Royal Parks to the Greater London Authority (GLA). Our original intention was to do this via the Localism Bill. Having looked at the detail of the proposal, however…

  • Notice of Bushy Park Gate Closures

    From Monday 11th July the Teddington Gate vehicle entrance to Bushy Park will be closed for approximately 5 days so that much needed resurfacing works can take place on the entrance threshold…

  • Theft of Road Signs from Bushy Park

    On about Thursday 30th June four large metallic signs prohibiting unauthorised access were stolen…

  • New photo competition announced

    New photo competition announced

    Images of Winter, winner: 'Frosty December Morning' by Stephen Darlington

    Hot on the heels of our successful “Images of Winter” photo competition we are delighted to launch our latest competition.

    This, our sixth competition invites photographers to look a little closer at the wealth of buildings we have in the Bushy and Home Parks…

  • Friends' 21st birthday party

    Friends' 21st birthday party


    The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks celebrated their 21st anniversary in style on Sunday at Bushy House.

    Over 150 people turned up including local MP Vince Cable and Cleve West, recent winner at the Chelsea Flower Show, who has 3 well documented allotments adjoining the Park.

  • Olympic Trial Event

    Olympic Trial Event

    On Sunday 14th August there will be a full practice run of the Olympic cycle road race…

  • Latest news on Future of The Royal Parks

    Although we are still awaiting final confirmation, it seems almost certain now that the planned handover of The Royal Parks to the Mayor of London’s office will not go ahead as planned. The transfer was due to be included in the Localism Bill, but the last opportunity in the Commons past last week and there has been no mention of it…

  • Colin White

    It is with great regret that we have to announce that Colin White died last month.

    He had been a member of FBHP since the early days, and remained actively involved despite his serious illness…

  • Royal Parks spending cuts

    Royal Parks spending cuts

    Ray Brodie

    The spending cuts mentioned briefly in the previous newsletter are already taking effect with two major cuts which affect Bushy Park.

    The Education Centre run so successfully by Hannah Pritchard has been closed down.

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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Friday, 26th Apr 8:00 pm

Talk by Andreas Liefooghe ‘Operation Centaur – Working with Shire Horses’

Latest report

We had a very interesting talk last Thursday on bees by Kate Canning, who highlighted the problem of the Asian Hornet.

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Information Point

The Information Point next to the Pheasantry Welcome Centre café is where our volunteers help visitors 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.