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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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Reeds Installed in the Water Gardens

Reeds Installed in the Water Gardens

The metal reeds in place in the Water Gardens

The full restoration of the Water Gardens took another step towards its completion this month, when the metal reeds were installed. They have been made by Ian Gill, a sculptor who exhibits at the Hampton Court Flower Show. Like the finials they are made of mild galvanised steel ensuring their long life. They follow the design shown in 18th century paintings and drawings made around the time when Lord Halifax installed the Water Gardens, and the discovery of metal fragments found during the restoration.

The final stage of the restoration which was initiated by the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks in the 1990s will be the treatment of the arches and walls. The main structure was done in 2008 with the help of a National Heritage Lottery Grant. The finials and the reeds have been provided through the generous donations of members of FBHP.

Click here for more information about the Water Gardens and the restoration project.

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...