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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

  • Changes to access at Hampton Court Palace

    Changes to access at Hampton Court Palace

    It has been announced that from winter 2016/17 free access will no longer be available to the formal gardens at Hampton Court Palace via the Governor’s Gate

  • Oak Processionary Moth

    Oak Processionary Moth

    Oak Processionary Moth

    You may have witnessed some spraying of trees in the park, this is being done as part of TRP’s programme to help control Oak Processionary Moth.

  • Mini Beast Walk, 2nd May

    Mini Beast Walk, 2nd May

    See how our investigators got on.

  • Shire horses in Home Park

    Shire horses in Home Park

    Opportunities to volunteer with Centuar and work in the parks with the magnificent shire horses

  • Meet Henry VIII's Great Horses at Hampton Court Palace

    Meet Henry VIII's Great Horses at Hampton Court Palace

    Win a unique and exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the Hampton Court Shires stables

  • Chestnut Sunday

    Chestnut Sunday

    We are all looking forward to celebrating Chestnut Sunday on 10th May.

  • Skylarks in Bushy Park

    Skylarks in Bushy Park

    The skylark breeding season has begun, some skylarks have already arrived and we are again asking for your help in protecting them.

  • Drones

    These are starting to be a problem in all the Royal Parks and there are concerns about risks of collision, noise and intrusion. The Royal Parks have introduced a ban on the use of them, as there is with other powered model aircraft, anywhere in Bushy Park.

  • Ipsos MORI survey of Royal parks

    Ipsos MORI survey of Royal parks

    Ipsos MORI survey of Bushy Park

    Research results have recently been published which The Royal Parks commissioned from Ipsos MORI to conduct visitor counts and interviews across all eight Royal parks during 2013 and 2014. These show that over 77.7 million visits were made during the year from November 2013, with 98% of interviewees rating the quality of the parks as excellent or good.

  • Greater London National Park campaign update

    Greater London National Park campaign update

    Please see below the details of the campaign to create a national park in London.

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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Friday, 25th Jan 8:00 pm

Talk by Ian Jones-Healy “Dr John Langdon Down and the history of Normansfield“.

Latest report

Walks and Talks Reports – Thursday 27th April and Thursday 22nd June

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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.