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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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Colin Pain

Colin Pain

Colin Pain at Chestnut Sunday 2007

It is with great regret that The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks have learnt of the death on Thursday 24th January of one of our founding members, Colin Pain. He stayed on our committee until about ten years ago.

He remained in close contact with us, regularly attending talks and our other events. He was one of our volunteers at the Information Point at the Pheasantry Welcome Centre.

Apart from his work with us and the Hampton Wick Association, he was the main driver of restarting the Chestnut Sunday celebrations. He worked every year to help coordinate the event with the Royal Parks, and for those who didn’t know him, he was the man who on every Chestnut Sunday was seen patrolling the park in a top hat.

The many thousands of visitors over the last few years have every reason to be grateful to Colin for his efforts and enthusiasm for keeping the event going.

He will be sadly missed by all his friends and particularly by The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks for whom he did so much. He was a real community man who worked tirelessly for our area.

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Friday, 25th Jan 8:00 pm

Talk by Ian Jones-Healy “Dr John Langdon Down and the history of Normansfield“.

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