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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 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.

Funding for the Royal Parks will, for the time being, remain under direct government control under the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt at the DCMS (Department of Culture Media and Sport) where it been for some years. It is probable that a new board will be set up which will include Boris Johnson and a representative of the Queen, who will still be the owner. We also hear that there may be local consultative committees, but that has not been confirmed.

The plan had been for the Treasury to have given the money which is allocated for the running of the parks to the GLA who would have been responsible for the day to day running of the parks, but with a power of veto to be retained by the DCMS.

The DCMS is due to issue a statement shortly on the details.

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Friday, 25th Jan 8:00 pm

Talk by Ian Jones-Healy “Dr John Langdon Down and the history of Normansfield“.

Latest report

On the morning of Saturday 3 November a group of members of the Friends assisted Sharon Evans, the Bushy Park Head Gardener, in planting an area of the Woodland Gardens.

Full report...