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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

  • Friends Daffodil Planting

    Friends Daffodil Planting

    At last it's time for coffee!

    A big thank you to all the Friends who turned up to plant daffodils in the Woodland Gardens, 5000 in total, although it felt like more!

    We look forward to enjoying the display come spring.

  • FBHP interpretation boards

    FBHP interpretation boards

    Simon Richards, Park Manager, at the Boating Pond

    <p>The interpretation boards kindly funded by generous donations from Friends are now in place in Bushy Park.</p>

  • Chair's Update for November

    Chair's Update for November

    Annie Murray, Chair

    <p>brief excerpt</p>

  • Bushy House Open Weekend

    Bushy House and Gardens will be open to the public as part of the London Open House Weekend.

  • A Warm Welcome to the FBHP Website

    A quick update for early autumn:

    Deer in the parks – we can’t say this too often it seems, but even in the last week I have noticed a change in the demeanour of the deer; having been placid for the last few months the hormones are kicking in. Please do take care with dogs around the deer and encourage others to do so. My “boys” totally ignore them but I still put their leads on and keep my distance.

    The leaves are already coming off a variety of trees. This is partly due to the drought conditions. Shedding leaves conserves the amount of water they use. The full extent of this year’s drought will not be apparent until spring / summer 2014. The browning seen in the Horse Chestnuts is as a result of a Leaf Miner whose larvae burrow between the leaf laminae causing premature death. Because next years buds are already formed, it does not impact on the long term survival of these trees.

    A reminder that on 26th September Dr Tom Greeves will be giving us a talk on Exploring the Archaeology of Bushy Park 20 Years Ago at the usual venue St John Ambulance Hall, Park Road, Teddington. Come along for a drink and a chat from 7.15pm.

    Royal Parks Foundation Ultra run takes place on Sunday 6th October, and finishes in Upper Lodge car park, Bushy Park. RPF are looking for people to help manage the event they will provide a full briefing, t-shirt and food for volunteers. Further information is in our news section. To get involved please email info@royalparksultra.com

    And finally the committee works hard on behalf of its members but it is mindful that within the membership there will exist very different opinions and responses to situations that arise. In respect of planning applications we would always encourage individuals to express their own opinions, we will endeavour to make you aware of any planning applications that we think may be of interest.

    Annie Murray, Chair, FBHP

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Walks & Talks

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Latest report

Did you know that the National Physical Laboratory uses sound to measure the crunchiness of biscuits and is also responsible for ensuring that all lottery balls have exactly the same weight and measurements?

We found out these facts and a great deal more about the NPL in an informative talk by Fiona Auty on 24th November last year.

Click here to read Jane Cliff’s report.

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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.