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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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Royal Parks spending cuts

Royal Parks spending cuts

Ray Brodie

The spending cuts mentioned briefly in the previous newsletter are already taking effect with two major cuts which affect Bushy Park.

The Education Centre run so successfully by Hannah Pritchard has been closed down. She also worked very hard helping FBHP set up the Information Point at the Pheasantry. We wish her well at her new job at Richmond Park.

It has been decided that there will no longer be a dedicated manager for Bushy Park. The plan is to have one manager who will look after both Bushy and Richmond Parks.

Ray Brodie has been the manager for many years and will be moving to Kensington Gardens. This is very serious for Bushy. Ray has looked after the park through many difficult times and we as trustees of FHBP will miss him very much.

He has always been available to talk to us about any concerns we may have had. He could not have been more supportive to the Friends. He is part of our committee and helps advise us about all our projects. We thank him most sincerely for all he has done for Bushy, FBHP and all park users.

We are sure that you will all join us in thanking him for all he has done and wishing him a successful time in Kensington Gardens. Their gain is our loss.

Thank you so much, Ray.

Pieter Morpurgo
Annie Murray

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 22nd Nov 8:00 pm

TALK by John Sheaf, “Bushy Park and the surrounding area in old photographs”

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...