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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

  • Deer Herds blamed for growth of Lyme Disease

    Britain’s soaring deer population is linked to a growing problem with Lyme disease , scientist have warned. At the turn of the century there were only 250 reported cases in the UK each year but now the NHS says it is closer to 3,000.

  • Consultation on preserving the free use of public parks

    The Department of Communities and Local Government has issued a consultation document about ParkRun and suggesting that all municipal parks will not be allowed to charge it or other bodies for organised use of parks for leisure pursuits.

  • Hampton Hill Allotments

    Once again Hampton Hill Allotments will open their doors to the public on May 20 from 12.00-3.00pm.

  • Egyptian geese family

    Egyptian geese family

    Egyptian Goose family by Fisher's Pond

    A pair of Egyptian geese with their 8 beautiful goslings were spotted yesterday, by Fisher’s Pond in Waterhouse WG.

  • Richmond Park - National Nature Reserve: on TV tonight and on YouTube

    Richmond Park - National Nature Reserve: on TV tonight and on YouTube

    Richmond Park TV programme

    The Friends of Richmond Park are delighted that the film presented and narrated by Sir David Attenborough, called “Richmond Park – National Nature Reserve”, will be broadcast this evening, Wednesday 26th April on London Live (Freeview Channel 8) at 7pm and again this Sunday 30th April at 11.30 am.

  • Field Studies Council

    The Field Studies Council have issued their programme of educational courses. On Sunday 23 July they will be running a course entitled Ecological Introduction to Bushy Park.

    Details can be found for adults courses in the London region here

    Details of sessions for families courses in the London region can be found here

  • Ponds Walk 25 March

    Ponds Walk 25 March

    Ponds Walk 25 March

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

  • Teddington named among the Sunday Times best places to live

    Teddington has been named as one of the best places to live in London in a top ten to be published in the Sunday Times.

  • Half Marathon at Hampton Court Palace on Sunday 19 March 2017

    Half Marathon at Hampton Court Palace on Sunday 19 March 2017

    Half Marathon at Hampton Court Palace

    Hampton Court Palace will be hosting ‘The Palace Half’ the official half marathon to start and finish at Hampton Court Palace on Sunday 19th March 2017.

  • Barn Owl Manor

    Barn Owl Manor

    Barn Owl Manor

    Thanks to the very generous donations placed in our green donations box by visitors to our Information Point during 2016, we have been able to pay for a “Barn Owl Manor” which, in February, was installed in the paddocks in Home Park.

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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

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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.