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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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ULTRA Race for Royal Parks Foundation and Scope

Volunteers needed for charity race finale in Bushy Park

Developed by the team behind the multi-award-winning Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, this unique 50km event on Sunday 7 October will be central London’s premier Ultra.

The Ultra organisers say: “With more people than ever taking up running, we wanted to bring something totally new to the running events scene. Appealing to those looking for their next big challenge and regular Ultra runners inspired by the impressive route, this event will be a real test of endurance; all in the name of two great causes.”

The Ultra offers runners an awesome experience that combines the highlights of the capital city, including Buckingham Palace and Westminster, with five of the eight picturesque Royal Parks. Winding its way along Thames tow paths, across south west London and through Richmond Park, it finishes in Bushy Park, Henry VIII’s old hunting ground near Hampton Court.

Every participant has pledged to raise £750 to support the work of Scope; the UK’s leading charity that works with disabled people of all ages and their families across England and Wales and the Royal Parks Foundation, the charity that helps keep 5,000 acres of London’s green space in great shape for everyone to enjoy.

The Royal Parks Foundation is looking for Park lovers to support these intrepid runners in this challenge – there will be cheerpoints by Richmond Park (35km) and Bushy Park (45km) where we are hoping Park-loving volunteers could make some noise and hand out water to keep the runners going. We are also hoping that some supporters can make their way to the finish line in Bushy Park to celebrate the runners’ achievements and give out some medals.

In return for some time and enthusiasm on Sunday 7 October the organisers will provide a full briefing, T-shirt and food to volunteers. To get involved please email volunteers@limelightsports.com and we’ll be in touch.

For more information please visit www.royalparksultra.com

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Latest report

A perimeter walk of Home Park led by Nicholas Garbutt was enjoyed by over 45 people on 2nd September.

Full report...