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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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Latest news

  • Request for a new auditor

    The Trustees are seeking a replacement for Carol Ruddock, who audited the Friends’ annual accounts for several years and stepped down at the 2015 AGM. Is anyone interested in taking on this voluntary job?

  • Joint statement from The Royal Parks and The Royal Parks Foundation

    The Royal Parks and the charity The Royal Parks Foundation have agreed they should become a new single organisation to fundraise for and manage the capital’s eight Royal Parks.

  • Autumn Fruits

    This is the season of autumn fruits – conkers, chestnuts, fungi and so on. Fungi are also part of the ecosystem; beetles, flies and fungus gnats all lay eggs in fungi; squirrels, deer, slugs and snails all eat fungi. Conkers and chestnuts form an essential part of the deer’s diet, without which they would not be able to build up fat reserves needed for the cold winter months.

    Removal of autumn fruits and seeds is illegal and detrimental to the Park’s wildlife. If you see someone picking fungi, please call 101 the non-emergency police number and report the theft.

  • Deer Rut

    The deer rut is now near its height and is a spectacular sight. Please note the following advice from TRPs.

    Deer are wild animals and can be unpredictable. Bushy Park’s herds of wild deer roaming freely. Deer can feel threatened by people and dogs even over long distances. This is particularly during the rutting which starts in September and continues through October.

    We recommend keeping at least 50m from deer and give them the respect they need during the rut.

  • Changes to Gardens Charging in 2016

    In 2016, Historic Royal Palaces will open the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace. Following the introduction of this exciting addition to the offer for visitors at Hampton Court, there will be some adjustments to ticketing for the palace gardens.

    From Easter 2016: visitors will be able to purchase a Magic Garden/Maze only ticket, and a Palace/Gardens ticket, which will also include the Magic Garden and Maze. There will no longer be a separate gardens ticket.

    From Winter 2016: visitors will be asked to show a valid ticket or membership card in order to access the Formal Gardens on the East and South Fronts, a policy which is already in operation for the summer months. Access to the gardens will be with a Palace/Garden ticket via the palace’s main West Front entrance.

    Half of the formal gardens will remain free to access, including the Wilderness, the newly restored Kitchen Garden, and the Rose Garden. In addition to this, Home Park, which comprises of 750 acres of historic deer park, will continue to be free to enjoy.

    All-year-round pedestrian access to Home Park will continue to be maintained via Ditton Gate, Kingston Gate, Paddock Gate and Surbiton Passage Gate. For the first time, access to the park via Jubilee Gate will also be maintained all year round.

    See more at: Changes to Gardens Charging in 2016

    For FAQs about garden charging, click here

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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

Pippa Hyde led us on a wonderful walk through the Stockyard meadows.

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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.