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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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  • New venue for our Walks and Talks

    New venue for our Walks and Talks

    Normansfield Theatre

    We are delighted to announce our new programme of Walks and Talks for 2019 and to welcome you to a new venue for our Talks.

  • Christmas Tree voucher offer for Friends of The Royal Parks

    FBHP members can receive 10% off of Christmas Trees by downloading a voucher.

  • Memorial

    Memorial

    Memorial

    This tablet (turn left at Teddington Gate into Bushy Park) marks the site of the European Headquarters of the United States Army Air Force in World War 2.

  • Planting 3rd. November

    Planting 3rd. November

    Planting 3rd. November

    On the morning of Saturday 3 November a group of members of the Friends assisted Sharon Evans, the Bushy Park Head Gardener, in planting an area of the Woodland Gardens.

  • “Friends to nature – the wonder of bees”

    “Friends to nature – the wonder of bees”

    Asian Hornet info

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

  • 1 week left to save 20% on Santa Fun Run tickets!

    1 week left to save 20% on Santa Fun Run tickets!

    Santa Fun Run

    Bag yourself a discount! Book your Santa Fun Run tickets by 31st October and receive a 20% discount.

  • Operation Centaur winter rides

    Operation Centaur winter rides

    Operation Centaur is an organization set up to promote the relevance of the horse as a contemporary working animal in partnership with humans.

    Operation Centaur is an organization set up to promote the relevance of the horse as a contemporary working animal in partnership with humans. This takes the form of heritage skills in conservation and agriculture, transportation, discovery, learning and therapy.

    Details of this year’s winter rides can be found here.

  • Vote for your favourite park in the national People's Choice Award

    Vote for your favourite park in the national People's Choice Award

    Green Flag Award

    Residents and visitors to our borough’s parks are asked to go online and vote for their favourite park in the borough, as part of a national awards scheme.

    This follows a successful year for parks and open spaces in Richmond upon Thames, in which we picked up our eighteenth prestigious Green Flag Award, the international mark of quality in the industry.

    Bushy Park is up for the prestigious People’s Choice Award. To vote for Bushy Park go to the link below, which will have a photo of a large tree. Go to the foot of the photo, click on “Vote Here”. That will record your vote for Bushy Park.

    See here .

  • FBHP Calendar 2019

    FBHP Calendar 2019

    Available now – the much anticipated FBHP Calendar 2019.

  • Teddington Society donation

    Teddington Society donation

    Sheena Harold presenting the cheque to Colin Muid

    The Teddington Society has presented the Friends with a hugely generous donation of £1250 from the proceeds of “Teddington in Flower”.

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With more members our voice is stronger when we campaign to protect the Parks, and with more subscription income we can do more to provide information and education about the Parks, their wildlife and their history.

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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

On the morning of Saturday 3 November a group of members of the Friends assisted Sharon Evans, the Bushy Park Head Gardener, in planting an area of the Woodland Gardens.

Full report...

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.