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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

  • 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.

  • FBHP 2011 membership appeal

    FBHP 2011 membership appeal

    The Friends of Bushy & Home Park

    Have you got a yellow 2011 Friends membership card? If not, you probably haven’t paid your 2011 subscription. Please join. The Friends is run by volunteers and is a registered charity. We seek to protect the parks for now and the future…

  • Chairman’s Winter Report - 2010/2011

    A very Happy New Year to all the Friends, and a special year it is as it is our 21st anniversary. We were founded in 1990 to protect Chestnut Avenue from being chopped down by the previous management.

    In the last Friends newsletter I mentioned that there were to be changes in the management structure of the Royal Parks of which Bushy is one. (Home Park is managed by Historic Royal Palaces). The DCMS (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) to whom the Royal Parks currently report are preparing to devolve power to the Mayor of London’s office. The details of the transfer are still not clear. Together with the Friends of Richmond Park, FBHP along with thirty six other local groups have devised a seven point plan that we think will deliver effective and sustainable governance and funding of the Parks under the Mayor, and ensure that its management is accountable to local and national needs. Our 7 points should be included in primary or secondary legislation or in a binding agreement between central government and the Mayor similar to the Framework Agreement between government and the current Royal Parks agency when it was created in 1993…

  • Upper Lodge Car Park Closure

    The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks’ aims are to protect and enhance the park.

    The original plan to close the Upper Lodge Car Park was made before the increase in facilities following the success of the National Heritage Lottery Grant projects…

  • A great result!

    On Friday 5th July it was announced by the Tourist and Heritage Minister, John Penrose, that the Bushy Park car parking charges proposal by The Royal Parks is to be scrapped. This is the news that The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks and the Keep Bushy Park Free Alliance have been waiting for…

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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

Walk led by Ray Brodie, 22 August 2009

Friends at Deer Herd walk

Ray Brodie, Manager of Bushy Park took 50 of the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks on a walk to find and talk about the deer and their lives in the park. There are approximately 370 deer in Bushy Park; 125 Red Deer – stags and hinds and 245 Fallow – bucks and does.

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.