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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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School House Lane Orchard wins prestigious award

School House Lane Orchard wins prestigious award

Friends of School House Lane Orchard

Teddington Orchard gains prestigious Community Award. Local community green space is one of the best in the country.

A neighbourhood orchard maintained by volunteers in south Teddington has gained recognition as one of the best community-run green spaces in the country. By receiving the Green Flag Community Award, School House Lane Orchard has been recognised as a high-quality, well- managed and welcoming place, central to the local community.

As a result of the vision and hard work of a group of local residents, this once neglected green space has been transformed progressively over the past five years into a cherished community orchard, stocked with fruit and nut trees, herbs and native hedging. The most recent project undertaken by the Friends of School House Lane Orchard (FSHLO), which cares for the site, was installation of dead and live hedging in spring 2010. This year and next, the Friends are planning to create a wild-flower meadow.

FSHLO has received support from the start from Richmond Council’s Parks Department, which owns the Orchard; as well as South West London Environment Network (SWLEN) and the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV). The Friends received a grant from Awards for All in 2006 and Thames Community Foundation in 2010.

Speaking at the Friends’ annual summer party, FSHLO chair Ian Jones-Healey said: “We are delighted to receive recognition from this national awards scheme for our much-loved Orchard. I would like to thank all our members for their hard work in getting us to this point and our colleagues in the Council, SWLEN and BTCV for their invaluable help along the way.”

School House Lane Orchard is the only – and we believe the first – site in the borough of Richmond upon Thames to hold the Community Award, according to the listings on the Green Flag Award website.

All award-winning sites now have the chance to receive a further award from the Green Flag Plus Partnership, the People’s Choice Award. This award is voted for by the public, so if you want to see your local park receive a national accolade as the People’s Choice, then visit the Green Flag Award website and vote now.

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...