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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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Cleve West becomes Patron of the Friends

Cleve West becomes Patron of the Friends

Cleve West, Patron of the FBHP

We are delighted to announce that Britain’s leading garden designer Cleve West the ‘quiet man of gardening’ who claims his greatest passion is growing vegetables in his allotment in Bushy Park is to become a patron of the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks.

Cleve wanted to be a professional athlete in his twenties but injury dashed his hopes of competing in the long jump at the Olympics. He turned to garden design and the rest as they say is history

Although he is the top of his profession, he claims his favorite gardening is in his allotment in Bushy Park and recently wrote a book on allotments.
“Whenever I have a chance I go down to the allotment like a shot,” he said. “It is not just because there is a lot to do, it is proper gardening, not showy gardening. It is a good place to wind down and is very special.”

He even used a root vegetable scorzonera for its purple flowers in his latest top award winning garden at Chelsea Flower Show.

Cleve said
“I am very happy to be associated with the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks and look forward to supporting them in their work to conserve and protect the parks; these parklands are important spaces for all of us and for future generations”

Annie Murray added “We are so happy to have Cleve on board; he shares our passion for these parks and brings a lot of experience in the areas of conservation and horticulture.“

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 26th Oct 8:00 pm

The wonders of Fungi – talk by Brian Spooner, former head of Mycology at Kew

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...