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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.

We are always pleased to receive feedback. You can contact us by clicking here.

Latest news

  • Ham Hydro planning application

    In January, Chas Warlow gave us a very interesting talk about the Ham Hydro project.

    The planning application for the project is now with Richmond Council. You can follow this link to read the application and then to make a comment. Alternatively you can go to www.richmond.gov.uk/planning and search for application 11/3908/FUL

    More details of the Ham Hydro scheme are online at www.hamhydro.org

  • The Friends at the Hampton Wick Festival

    The Friends at the Hampton Wick Festival

    Photo by Mary Kirkland

    We had a great day at the Hampton Wick Festival!

  • Friends' Summer Party 2013

    Friends' Summer Party 2013

    Photo by Colin Keates

    Our summer party was one of the best ever, with wonderful weather and a great setting.

  • Information Point Re-Opens

    Information Point Re-Opens

    Photo by David Ivison

    Following the extensive refurbishment works on the Pheasantry Centre, the Information Point is at last back in action.

    Volunteer Friends staff the Information Point from 11am to 3pm on weekends and Bank Holidays. We provide information and advice to Park visitors and we also sell a range of greetings cards, books and other merchandise to raise funds for the Friends’ appeals.

  • Caution urged during deer-birthing season

    During deer-birthing season (May – July) dog walkers are urged to walk their dogs outside the Park or to keep them on a lead and try to avoid areas of bracken and long grass.

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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.

Join us today!

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Latest report

A walk with Diana Housley, 21st May 2011

In introducing Diana and saying how good the sunshine was, the sun immediately went behind a cloud. This, however, was not to be a bad omen for the morning. Diana explained that due to the extraordinarily warm weather, birds and the trees were more advanced than one might expect at this time of year. The leaf coverage would make bird spotting a little tricky…

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.