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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

  • 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

  • TeddSoc 40th Anniversary

    Party at the Landmark Centre

  • Royal Parks Foundation Ultra

    Royal Parks Foundation Ultra

    Royal Parks Foundation Ultra 50k

    <p>The Royal Parks Foundation Ultra, a 50km run for charity</p>

  • 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

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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

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.