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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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Future governance of The Royal Parks

Message from Minister for Tourism Office

“Earlier this year the Government announced its commitment to transfer greater responsibility for the management of The Royal Parks to the Greater London Authority (GLA). Our original intention was to do this via the Localism Bill. Having looked at the detail of the proposal, however, it became apparent that it is possible to deliver greater involvement in the Parks for the London Mayor and, through them, for Londoners, without the need for primary legislation.

We have announced today that The Royal Parks will remain an Executive Agency of DCMS and the responsibility of the Secretary of State. Following discussion with the GLA, we have agreed to create a new Royal Parks Board. The new Board will be appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of the Secretary of State, and will include representatives from the London boroughs and the Royal Household.

The Royal Parks are some of the capital’s most stunning assets, with a unique heritage and identity. The new governance arrangements we have announced today will give Londoners a voice in how the Parks are managed while recognising their national and international importance.

A copy of the Written Ministerial Statement announcing these new governance arrangements, along with a copy of our (DCMS) press release, can be found on the DCMS website.”

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...