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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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Olympic Road Races and Time Trials

Olympic Road Races and Time Trials

Olympic cycling in Bushy Park

Saturday/Sunday 28th /29th July and 1st August

The Road Cycling road races will take place over the weekend of 28th/29th July. The men’s race on Saturday will leave the Mall at 10.00 and will be expected at the Teddington Gate of Bushy Park at approximately 10.30 (This is an hour later than the test event last year).

The women’s race on Sunday will leave the Mall at 12.00 and arrive at Teddington Gate at 12.30 approximately. Both races will go along Chestnut Avenue.

Bushy Park will be closed to traffic from Friday night as usual and will re-open as soon as possible after the race has passed through. The park will close again as usual on Saturday evening and will remain closed for most of Sunday to vehicles. It is hoped that the park can re-open to traffic after the women’s race has passed through. Both the re-openings will depend on how many people are still in the park and the barrier crews being able to remove the barriers. Some parking restrictions in the area will remain in force throughout the weekend.

On Tuesday 31st July there will be a technical rehearsal of the time trial race between 10.00 and 12.00. There will be rolling road closures as the technical officials test the route, but as soon as they have passed through the local roads and Bushy Park will re-open to traffic.

On Wednesday 1st August the Time Trial event takes place. Both the men’s and women’s time trials will begin at Hampton Court. The women will set off at 90 second intervals and their route will not take them through Bushy Park but along Hampton Court Road. The men will start at 14.15 and run through to 16.05. They will enter Bushy Park through the Teddington Gate and along Chestnut Avenue before finishing at Hampton Court. All roads will re-open to traffic as soon as possible after the trial is complete, with the same proviso as at the weekend.

There will be local parking restrictions throughout the period as there were last year. Information should be circulated to all local households within a few weeks.

Spectators will be encouraged to use public transport to view the events.

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...