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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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Volunteer Update

Volunteer Update

FBHP Volunteers at Chestnut Sunday 2012

Rosemary MacColl, Vice-Chair and Volunteer Co-Ordinator of the FBHP, writes:

May I bring your attention to a couple of dates for your diaries where we will require your help:

Sunday 12th May, Chestnut Sunday,
Sunday 21st July, Friends Summer Party.

Chestnut Sunday Parade – we are invited to take part in the parade again this year, so it’s uniforms on and best foot forward! As usual, we will have our stand which will be situated where the marquees and activities are, and this will need staffing. Park management have also asked for our help with stewarding, which is an additional role for us. I’m not sure exactly what is required at this stage, but I expect it will be along the lines of our role at last summer’s Olympic cycling events.

The Summer Party will be held at Stud Farm in Home Park, which is a new venue for us. Stud Farm is a local, horticultural facility for adults with learning disabilities and, as I am sure you are aware, the Friends have donated some Appeal funds to them for badly needed tools and equipment so we are delighted that we are able to have our summer party there this year. The party will be open air, which presents several challenges (the weather notwithstanding), a significant one being that we will be doing our own catering this time. We will need your help with this so we are, therefore, seeking out the cake and biscuit makers amongst you! We will need such items as fairy cakes, flapjacks, muffins, biscuits, buns etc, of any shape, size or type, the more the merrier. However, we won’t have any refrigeration so, regrettably, fresh cream cakes are out.

We will also need help to prepare the site beforehand. Stud Farm is a working establishment but we anticipate that there will be tables and chairs to spruce up and most probably a general tidy up will be needed following the winter months. The greenhouses may need a sweep too so the work may take a couple of half days, depending on how many of us are available.

Then, of course, there’s the day itself. We will need help serving and clearing up (no washing up required, everything will be disposable!).

Both events are very important dates in the Friends’ calendar and I do hope you will want to take part so please do let me know if you can help and what you are able to offer. If you need further details or have any queries, please don’t hesitate to let me know. You can email me on rosemary.maccoll@fbhp.org.uk.

Thank you.

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The Royal Parks in the Great War. Talk by David Ivison

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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

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