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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

  • Winners of Close-Ups competition

    Winners of Close-Ups competition

    'Hunting' by Caroline Buckingham

    Superb picture of a dragonfly in flight wins the FBHP’s photo competition for best close-up shot.

  • Bushy Park Report from Simon Richards, Park Superintendent

    The latest report from the Park’s management.

  • Season's Greetings

    Season's Greetings

    Annie Murray, Chair, FBHP

    I do hope you all enjoyed a festive and restive Xmas.

    2013 was a busy time; we attended many more local events which is a brilliant way of reaching a wider audience and introducing them to our work. We welcomed the opening of the newly refurbished Pheasantry, visitors seemed to have missed us and we hope to further improve our amenity in the New Year.

    We bade a sad farewell to two long standing Friends, Geoff Price and Colin Paine, they are both missed. We also wish Ray Allen, gardener, a long happy retirement; a visit to the Water Gardens will not be the same without Ray’s friendly banter.

    Looking towards the New Year we have several projects to tackle including the further restoration of the Water Gardens, and the Water Meadows, and the implementation of a new strategy for the tree avenues. We are also keenly aware of the looming budget cuts which mean there is increasing pressure on resources and a need to generate income.

    Following the demerger of Richmond and Bushy Parks we will be welcoming a new manager, although sad to lose Simon Richards we are nonetheless delighted that it has been recognised that Bushy Park is an important entity deserving of its own management structure. STOP PRESS: We are absolutely delighted to learn that Ray Brodie is returning to us as Bushy Park manager.

    There is a lot of work to be done and as always we welcome involvement from Friends, if a project appeals to you please do get in touch.

    Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the committee and volunteers for all their invaluable help and support throughout the year, you are all stars.

    A very happy 2014 to you all.

    Annie Murray, Chair, FBHP

  • 2013 President’s Report

    2013 President’s Report

    Pieter Morpurgo, President, FBHP

    FBHP has had another good year. Our membership is stable at around 1000 members, and your contributions and donations have given us the opportunity to support both parks.

    Among many projects, we have helped the Stud Nursery in Home Park with the gift of a new bench and provided the trees for the creation of a new orchard. We held our annual summer party there with well over 100 members enjoying the surroundings and excellent refreshments provided by members of the committee.

    In Bushy Park your generosity has provided money for three information boards; one to the west of Heron Pond; one by the playground and the other in the Woodland Gardens near Triss’s Pond.

    A dozen of us planted 5000 bulbs during a morning in November. They are in Birch Glade in the Waterhouse Gardens.

    We have had an excellent series of walks and talks and thank all the speakers who so generously gave their time. They are a crucial part of FBHP.

    I wish all our members a very Happy New Year and hope that you all continue to enjoy the parks and the benefits of being a member of The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks.

    Pieter Morpurgo

  • Ray Brodie Returns to Bushy

    It has been announced that Ray Brodie is to return to Bushy Park as Park Manager in the spring.

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Why we need more Friends

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

Thursday, 25th Oct 8:00 pm

TALK by Kate Canning, “Friends to nature – the wonder of bees”

Latest report

Jo, a highly qualified medical herbalist, enlightened us about the wonders of weeds and their importance in helping to heal our bodies and minds.

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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.