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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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A Warm Welcome to the FBHP Website

A quick update for early autumn:

Deer in the parks – we can’t say this too often it seems, but even in the last week I have noticed a change in the demeanour of the deer; having been placid for the last few months the hormones are kicking in. Please do take care with dogs around the deer and encourage others to do so. My “boys” totally ignore them but I still put their leads on and keep my distance.

The leaves are already coming off a variety of trees. This is partly due to the drought conditions. Shedding leaves conserves the amount of water they use. The full extent of this year’s drought will not be apparent until spring / summer 2014. The browning seen in the Horse Chestnuts is as a result of a Leaf Miner whose larvae burrow between the leaf laminae causing premature death. Because next years buds are already formed, it does not impact on the long term survival of these trees.

A reminder that on 26th September Dr Tom Greeves will be giving us a talk on Exploring the Archaeology of Bushy Park 20 Years Ago at the usual venue St John Ambulance Hall, Park Road, Teddington. Come along for a drink and a chat from 7.15pm.

Royal Parks Foundation Ultra run takes place on Sunday 6th October, and finishes in Upper Lodge car park, Bushy Park. RPF are looking for people to help manage the event they will provide a full briefing, t-shirt and food for volunteers. Further information is in our news section. To get involved please email info@royalparksultra.com

And finally the committee works hard on behalf of its members but it is mindful that within the membership there will exist very different opinions and responses to situations that arise. In respect of planning applications we would always encourage individuals to express their own opinions, we will endeavour to make you aware of any planning applications that we think may be of interest.

Annie Murray, Chair, FBHP

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 23rd Nov 8:00 pm

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

Latest report

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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