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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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Royal Parks Foundation Ultra

Royal Parks Foundation Ultra

Royal Parks Foundation Ultra 50k

The Royal Parks Foundation Ultra, a 50km run for charity

On Sunday 6 October 2013, 500 intrepid runners will set off on a challenging 50km run for charity, from Hyde Park to Bushy Park.

The Royal Parks Foundation is looking for Park lovers to support these intrepid runners in this awesome challenge – we have cheerpoints by Richmond Park (35km), Ham House, and Kingston/Bushy Park (45km) where we are hoping Park-loving volunteers could make some noise and hand out water to keep 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 cheer them over the finish line. In return for some time and enthusiasm on Sunday 6 October we will provide a full briefing, tshirt and food for volunteers – to get involved please email info@royalparksultra.co and we’ll be in touch.

A bit of background…

With more people than ever taking up running, we wanted to bring something totally new to the running events scene. Developed by the team behind the multiple award-winning Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, this 50km ultramarathon was designed for experienced charity runners looking for their next big challenge as well as regular ultra-runners keen to tackle a fast, flat central London route. This is a real test of endurance, all in the name of 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 towpaths, across south west London and through Richmond Park, it finishes in Bushy Park, Henry VIII’s old hunting ground near Hampton Court.

Every participant is supporting the Royal Parks Foundation, the charity that helps keep 5,000 acres of London’s green space in great shape for everyone to enjoy, and many of the ultra runners are also fundraising for their own charity.

For more information please visit www.royalparksultra.com

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Walks & Talks

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Latest report

On a beautifully sunny Saturday morning about 50 people turned up for the Ponds Walk in Bushy Park led by Jane Cliff.

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Information Point

The Information Point next to the Pheasantry Welcome Centre café is where our volunteers help visitors to find out more about the parks and where visitors can purchase souvenirs of your visit to support our work.

Click this panel to visit our Information Point section and also to find out how you can get involved as a volunteer.