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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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Royal Parks Board appointed - but no ecologists

Appointments have now been made for all 12 places on The Royal Parks Board, although no formal announcement has yet been made by DCMS. The Royal Parks website gives the names as follows:

• The Hon Apurv Bagri – Chair
• Ruth Anderson
• Sue Moore
• Andrew Fenwick
• Andrew Ford
• Councillor Nasim Ali OBE
• Councillor Colin Barrow CBE
• Councillor Chris Roberts
• Linda Lennon CBE
• John Swainson
• Roger Bright CB
• Lord Nicholas True CBE

Apurv Bagri is the re-appointed former Chair, and Ruth Anderson, Sue Moore and Andrew Fenwick are also re-appointed from the former Board.

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Ford has been Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office since 2006, and is the representative of the Royal Household on the Board.

Councillor Nasim Ali is the Leader of Camden Borough Council, and Ward Member for Regent’s Park.

Councillor Colin Barrow is the Leader of the Council of the City of Westminster, and Ward Member for Hyde Park.

Councillor Chris Roberts is the Leader of the Council of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and Ward Member for Glyndon Ward.

Linda Lennon is the recently appointed Chief Executive of The Royal Parks.

John Swainson is Director of Finance and Resources at The Royal Parks.

Roger Bright recently retired as Chief Executive of The Crown Estate.

Lord True is the Leader of Richmond Borough Council.

You will remember that point 3 of the Forum’s “Seven Points” for the composition and operation of the Board included the request that the Board should contain “external experts in ecology, historic buildings/landscape and managing large parks”. Little ecological expertise is apparent among the appointees. It is disappointing that our request is not being reflected in the appointees.

You will also see that one third, rather than the expected one quarter, of the positions are held by Council Leaders.

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...