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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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Welcome to Bushy Park's new manager

Welcome to Bushy Park's new manager

Simon Richards, new manager of Bushy Park

Following Ray Brodie’s move to Kensington Gardens, Simon Richards who is currently Manager of Richmond Park will take on responsibility for both parks.

The Friends welcome Simon Richards to Bushy Park. Simon has worked for the Royal Parks since 1985, firstly in Hyde Park and, since 1997 in Richmond Park. He is married with two children and lives at Ladderstile Gate within Richmond Park.

Since moving to Richmond, he has been drawn into the management of deer and a deeper understanding of the complex ecology of the parks. He has a lifelong love of the countryside and feels privileged to be able to manage a Park that is rural in many respects and yet only 15km from the centre of London. He says: “To have the opportunity to work at Bushy Park with its historic links with Hampton Court will be an exciting opportunity despite the economic circumstances of the time. As a pedestrian, motorist, cyclist and dog walker I believe that I have some understanding of the many and varied views about how parks should be managed!”

Simon will be supported at Bushy by Bill Swan.

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...