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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

  • Diana elevated to Grade I status

    Diana elevated to Grade I status

    Diana elevated to grade I status

    On 25th February Diana was upgraded from a Grade II Listed building to a Grade I Listed building…

  • Chairman’s Annual Report - 2011

    This time last year we were still awaiting news of our charity status and we were about to have the car parking charges imposed.

    We won on both counts. Tribute must be paid to Dr. Tom Blaney for his hard work and perseverance in gaining the charity status. We have created a range of merchandise which is on sale both at events and at the Information Point in the Pheasantry. All the profits go to our annual appeal, which this year we are proposing to buy 20 Bay trees to replace the invasive rhododendron ponticum along one of the boundary fences…

  • Announcement of Special General Meeting

    The trustees and committee have been reviewing the appeal money which has been collected for various projects over the last few years.

    One of them has not worked out. The appeal in 2000 to raise money for the replacing of the drinking fountain near the Teddington Gate proved to be vastly more expensive and way beyond the £920 that you so generously gave…

  • Olympics in Bushy and Richmond Parks

    It was announced last week that the cycling road races on the first two days of the Olympics, 28th July for the 145 men and 29th July for the 67 women, will go through Richmond Park from Roehampton Gate to Richmond Gate, and then through Bushy Park from Teddington Gate to Lion Gate at Hampton Court, then on to Box Hill and return to London via Richmond Park again, entering at Kingston Gate and exiting at Roehampton Gate. The Road Race is approximately 250km (156 miles) for the men’s race and 140 km (87 miles) for the women’s race. The competitors all start together and the first past the line is the winner…

  • Plastic has no place in the Park

    Plastic has no place in the Park

    Mangled tennis ball, potentially lethal to a deer

    Deer will eat anything and litter kills about five deer a year.

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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

Latest report

The History of Kew by Laura Ponsonby. Thursday 26 November 2009.

Laura gave a most interesting and informative talk and, to our amazement, managed to condense the 250 years’ history of Kew gardens into 75 minutes!

Full report...

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.