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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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Annual Report to the Charities Commission

The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks

Charity No. 1137203

Chair’s Report for 2012

We’ve had a busy year. The results of some of our recent appeals are now evident in the parks. In the past year we have placed some benches, we have planted Hawthorn trees in memory of long term member who died in the summer; there are Bays and Camellias in the Woodland Gardens to replace the Rhododendron Ponticum. The finials in the Water Gardens are in place; the result of the 2010 appeal. So the money kindly donated by members is having a real effect on the parks. The trustees are very grateful to all FBHP members for their generosity in supporting our appeals.

Next year’s projects include the restoration of the Water Meadows in Home Park, and helping the Stud Nursery, also in Home Park, with equipment for their volunteer workers.

One area of note in terms of providing more income has been the range of merchandise which has been introduced over the last year or so. Our cards and books have been very popular and have certainly helped to promote the Friends and our work. We plan to develop the range of items for sale in keeping with our image.

The Pheasantry Centre continues to grow in popularity and the Friends contribution when manning the desk at the weekends helps to keep the profile of the Friends in the public eye. The public seem to appreciate having some advice about what to see and do while they visit the park. The trustees and committee are most grateful to all the volunteers who give a couple of hours every now and again to help.

We have had a very good series of walks and talks again throughout the year. We are most grateful to all the speakers and walk leaders for giving us such entertaining events.

Our web site continues to work very well and has many visitors. It has a constant supply of new features and information about the parks, with reviews of our events. There is also a very successful photographic competition held four times a year.

We would like to thank all the trustees and members of the committee for their work and enthusiasm throughout the year and look forward to helping the Royal Parks to care for and improve these important parklands.

Pieter Morpurgo
Annie Murray

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...