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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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Friends' 21st birthday party

Friends' 21st birthday party

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.

The weather failed to dampen the enjoyment of the afternoon where members enjoyed toasting the charity in the historical Orangery and tucked into a wonderful array of cakes and afternoon tea.

Garden games in the delightful grounds were also popular as was the raffle which raised £216 and will go towards the annual appeal which this year is dedicated to planting bay hedges in the Woodland Gardens to replace the invasive Rhododendron Ponticum which is being removed. It also afforded members a rare opportunity to receive a guided tour around the museum housed in Bushy House which is no longer open to the public.

Owen Jones a past Chairman reminded everyone that 21 years ago the then management of Bushy Park put forward a plan to fell and replace all the chestnut trees in Chestnut Avenue. Not surprisingly a group of very upset and concerned people got together and formed the Friends. They lobbied hard and that plan was dropped.

Today the Park faces more challenges with severe budget cuts and a reduction in park management.

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 23rd Nov 8:00 pm

The Royal Parks in the Great War. Talk by David Ivison

Latest report

A perimeter walk of Home Park led by Nicholas Garbutt was enjoyed by over 45 people on 2nd September.Walk in Home Park- 2nd September

Full report...