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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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FBHP Appeals

FBHP Appeals

A tree crate

Annie Murray, Chair of the FBHP, writes: I am delighted to report that through as a result of your generosity we have collected £2200 for our two appeals in 2012.

The intention is to split this amount equally between Stud Farm Nursery and the Water meadows project both in Home Park.

We will learn more about how the monies will be spent in due course but it is proposed that Stud Nursery will purchase a work bench and other tools, The Water Meadows project run by Thames Landscape Strategy are looking to erect an interpretation board.

For 2013 we plan to create two funds namely:

- A Fund for new or replacement planting in Bushy and Home Parks, and

- a Fund to support Refurbishment in the Parks

The projects would not fall into the category of regular park maintenance and more specifically, this provision would be for items that the Royal Parks would not be able to fund from their annual budget.

For example, we are faced with the wholesale removal of Rhododendron Ponticum in the Woodland Gardens. The space this will create will require a significant increase in planting, so the fund could be used for replanting the area between Ash Walk Gate and Birch Glade. This would be a mixture of ornamental planting along the stream sides together with shelter belts containing a mainly native mixture of trees and shrubs with a significant evergreen content.

With regard to refurbishment, there is currently a real need for new tree crates particularly in Lime Avenue. It has been proposed that metal crates would be more durable and thus cost effective in the long term. After agreeing a suitable design, the replacement would commence next winter. The installation of these new crates in strategic locations on the main avenues will be an excellent way of promoting the need to protect our trees.

There will be more details provided at the AGM and via this website.

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...