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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

  • Theft of Road Signs from Bushy Park

    On about Thursday 30th June four large metallic signs prohibiting unauthorised access were stolen…

  • New photo competition announced

    New photo competition announced

    Images of Winter, winner: 'Frosty December Morning' by Stephen Darlington

    Hot on the heels of our successful “Images of Winter” photo competition we are delighted to launch our latest competition.

    This, our sixth competition invites photographers to look a little closer at the wealth of buildings we have in the Bushy and Home Parks…

  • Friends' 21st birthday party

    Friends' 21st birthday party


    The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks celebrated their 21st anniversary in style on Sunday at Bushy House.

    Over 150 people turned up including local MP Vince Cable and Cleve West, recent winner at the Chelsea Flower Show, who has 3 well documented allotments adjoining the Park.

  • Olympic Trial Event

    Olympic Trial Event

    On Sunday 14th August there will be a full practice run of the Olympic cycle road race…

  • Latest news on Future of The Royal Parks

    Although we are still awaiting final confirmation, it seems almost certain now that the planned handover of The Royal Parks to the Mayor of London’s office will not go ahead as planned. The transfer was due to be included in the Localism Bill, but the last opportunity in the Commons past last week and there has been no mention of it…

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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

Saturday, 24th Mar 11:00 am

Walk with Russell Downs, Wildlife Officer Home Park

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 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.