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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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Latest Park Manager Report: Bushy Park

Report to the FBHP by Simon Richards. Park Superintendent for Bushy Park.
Report compiled 19th October 2011.

Deer culls this year and deer / public interaction in the news. More public info signs have been produced for local deployment as required.

Playground gents’ lavatory refurbishment under way (now with improvement to ecology and energy use that light will be on movement sensors) Completed on 18th but regrettably works vandalized during night of 18/19 October.

Amphibian habitat improvement work at Canal Plantation funded by ‘FROGLIFE’ organization with specific aim of improving conditions for Greater Crested Newt found there has been completed. Litter clearance of this area has been addressed.

Catering contract renewal is due in 2012. Opportunity to improve facilities for both customers and the Info Point. Look forward to proposals by Info Point volunteers regarding their ideas towards improving the facility.

Education contract has been let to the Field Studies Council who have already made contact with the Trailblazer volunteers. Operations not expected to commence before the spring.

The merger of the Richmond and Bushy Parks management teams has taken place. There are significant new pressures on remaining staff. This will mean that amongst other things, the availability of White Lodge for evening meetings will be restricted as will the ability to keep the office open to the public every week day.

The Mayor has now announced changes to the governance of the Royal Parks. New Board members to be recruited.
Planning application issues current are: Hampton Hill CC, Teddington Town CC and NPL Sports Club. Hampton Wick CC will be soon too.

New licences will be negotiated over time with the various sports clubs. These will need to deal effectively with parking and vehicular access, removal of clutter and unnecessary lighting. Likewise a new management company for Upper Lodge is being set up.
The scope of the Landscape Management contract will be reviewed next year due to the requirement to save some 25% of the existing budget.

Other maintenance requirements for the Diana Fountain are to be addressed. Funding for a new sewer from the Pheasantry to Teddington Gate has been approved with work to be carried out later this winter
Signage; some will be refreshed soon including that around main traffic gates and the Pheasantry Cafe. Other signs to be reviewed with the aim of eradicating ugly, over sized and unnecessary clutter around the Park.

Review of existing and proposed drinking fountains under way.

Tree planting sponsored by The Friends due to take place in November. This is Hawthorn & Blackthorn whips planted as groups in large timber tree crates south of Heron Pond and to rear of Kathy White’s house south of Lime Ave.

New bench funded by the Friends to be installed near Hampton Wick Gate overlooking the skylark field.
Water Garden’s finials paid for by the Friends; TRP and The Friends need to sort out permission to erect these from English Heritage and the LPA’s Conservation Officer.

Water Gardens entered for Civic Trust Award Scheme.
Chris Nickerson has a number of trees to plant within the Woodland Gardens as planned landscape improvements.

Water levels are low due to prolonged period of negligible rain. A management strategy for the future management of the Longford River will be developed by TRP.

John Comfort intends to carry out a fish survey of Model Boat, Heron & Leg-of-Mutton Ponds during 2012. Older, big carp to be moved to Diana Pond where there is currently no fishing allowed to rest them.

Tree pests and diseases continue to seemingly worsen. Oak Processionary Moth will spread and Acute Oak Decline is evident in many areas of the Park.

Chestnut Sunday is 13th May 2012. Usual programme. Contributions towards cost of event welcome! New ideas / proposals also welcome.

Olympics debriefing meeting took place – no major issues identified but still need to hear about proposals for the Time Trials on 1st August 2012.

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...