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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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Volunteer Community Rangers Recruitment

The Royal Parks charity is looking to recruit 20 volunteers for the first stage of its Volunteer Community Ranger trial.

The trial will start in Bushy and Richmond Parks, the two largest of London’s eight Royal Parks. Together they provide over 3,500 acres of historic parkland and are home to over a 1,000 deer.

Between April and October, the community rangers will aim to improve the visitor experience in both Royal parks by educating visitors on the wildlife and history of the parks and giving tips on how to protect them.

The trial hopes to emulate the success of similar initiatives in the capital including the Park Champions at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Team London Ambassadors.

Volunteers need to be over 18 and must be able to commit one day a fortnight (on a weekend), between April and October.

Full training will be given.

Deadline for applications is 20 January 2019

This link will take you to The Royal Parks website and online application form:

https://theroyalparks.org.uk/1EGE-6195B-23SHAV6071/cr.aspx

Tom Jarvis, Director of Parks at The Royal Parks, said:

“The service is being introduced with two things in mind. First, to improve the experience of the eight million visitors who come to Bushy and Richmond Parks, and want to learn more about their nature, history and horticulture. And second, to push our conservation messages of leaving no trace and being respectful to the wildlife that inhabit these parks.

“Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve, and both parks have been designated by Natural England as Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Protecting the parks, and the thousand of species that flourish here, from the endangered stag beetle to the soulful skylark, is a key aim of this initiative.”

If you have any questions about this role or want to discuss your application please contact: Joanna Haywood on jhaywood@royalparks.org.uk or 0300 061 2183

Deer Accident

We are sorry to have to record the deer accident injuring a young girl on Wednesday 24 October. The Royal Parks and the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks are continually warning visitors to refrain from getting too close to the deer, especially during the Rut and at birthing time. That is a distance of 50 metres. The unfortunate accident occurred because that advice was ignored. PLEASE treat the deer in the same way that you will treat any wild animal.

The child, thought to be aged seven, sustained a leg injury in the incident at Bushy Park in south-west London on Wednesday afternoon. A spokesman for the park explained that eyewitnesses said the girl’s family was “standing very close to the stag and taking photos”. It is understood that the stag stood up to move away but its antlers injured the girl’s leg because she was so close.

Paramedics and London’s Air Ambulance attended the park at about 15:30 BST.

‘Immensely strong’

Assistant park manager Bill Swan said: “This distressing incident is an unfortunate but powerful warning to everyone why it is dangerous to approach stags during the autumn rutting season, and at any time in fact. “Stags are wild animals, and they are especially unpredictable at this time of year, and can act defensively if they are aggravated or feel cornered. “They are immensely strong and can move very fast to defend themselves, even from lying down when resting. “We have warning signs at key locations across Bushy Park asking people to stay at least 50m away from the deer; people must keep their distance to prevent such incidents occurring.” According to the Royal Parks, there are more than 300 wild deer in Bushy Park”

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    Skylarks in Bushy Park

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    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.

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    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.

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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Friday, 1st Mar 6:30 pm

Talk by Ray Brodie, Manager of Bushy Park “My Life in the Royal Parks”

Latest report

Cleve West, multiple Best in Show winner at Chelsea Flower Show, shared with us his enthusiasm for allotment gardening.

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.