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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

  • Glorious Spring Sunshine

    Glorious Spring Sunshine

    Hampton Court Gardens in Spring 2012 by Rosemary MacColl

    March 2012 will be remembered for its warm, sunny days.

  • Annual Report to the Charities Commission

    The annual report from the co-chairs of the FBHP to the Charities Commission outlining the activities of the Friends through the past year.

  • The Restoration of the Water Gardens Finials

    On Monday 27th February 2012 the finials on the top of the walls of the Water Gardens in Bushy Park were finally in position, bringing to life the most important eighteenth century Water Gardens in the country. Click here for the full account.

  • Royal Parks Board appointed - but no ecologists

    Appointments have now been made for all 12 places on The Royal Parks Board but there doesn’t appear to be anyone with significant expertise in ecology among them. Click here for more details.

  • New Photo Competition: Entrances and Exits

    New Photo Competition: Entrances and Exits

    Lion Gate

    Our eighth photo competition is for images of the entrances & exits of Home Park or Bushy Park. The closing date for entries is 12 noon on Monday 30th April 2012.

  • Ponds Photo Competition Winners

    Ponds Photo Competition Winners

    Rainbow, by Stephen Darlington

    Stephen Darlington has won the latest FBHP Photo Competition with this amazing picture of a rainbow over Leg of Mutton Pond in Bushy Park.

  • Appeals 2011: Planting Camellias and Bays

    Appeals 2011: Planting Camellias and Bays

    Owen, Jane, Chris and Annie ready to plant (by Colin Keates)

    The successful 2011 Friends’ Appeal has made possible the planting of camellias and bay to replace invasive Rhododendrum Pontincum.

  • Bushy Park Manager's Report January 2012

    An update report on Bushy Park from Simon Richards, Park Superintendent.

  • Lyme disease threat

    Lyme disease threat

    Asian tick Photo: EPA/PATRICK PLEUL (Telegraph.co.uk)

    Ticks that can transmit Lyme disease may be more prevalent in the UK than realised, say researchers who have found out how many dogs harbour them.

    Click to read more about <a href=“http://www.fbhp.org.uk/fbhp-news/single-listing-news.html.php?s=2012-01-25-lyme-disease-threat”>this important issue</a>.

  • Planting in the Park

    The Bays and Camellias purchased from 2011 appeals monies will be planted on Thursday 19th January at 11.30am in the Woodland Gardens.

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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 23rd Nov 8:00 pm

The Royal Parks in the Great War. Talk by David Ivison

Latest report

On a beautifully sunny Saturday morning about 50 people turned up for the Ponds Walk in Bushy Park led by Jane Cliff.

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Information Point

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