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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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Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings

Annie Murray, Chair, FBHP

I do hope you all enjoyed a festive and restive Xmas.

2013 was a busy time; we attended many more local events which is a brilliant way of reaching a wider audience and introducing them to our work. We welcomed the opening of the newly refurbished Pheasantry, visitors seemed to have missed us and we hope to further improve our amenity in the New Year.

We bade a sad farewell to two long standing Friends, Geoff Price and Colin Paine, they are both missed. We also wish Ray Allen, gardener, a long happy retirement; a visit to the Water Gardens will not be the same without Ray’s friendly banter.

Looking towards the New Year we have several projects to tackle including the further restoration of the Water Gardens, and the Water Meadows, and the implementation of a new strategy for the tree avenues. We are also keenly aware of the looming budget cuts which mean there is increasing pressure on resources and a need to generate income.

Following the demerger of Richmond and Bushy Parks we will be welcoming a new manager, although sad to lose Simon Richards we are nonetheless delighted that it has been recognised that Bushy Park is an important entity deserving of its own management structure. STOP PRESS: We are absolutely delighted to learn that Ray Brodie is returning to us as Bushy Park manager.

There is a lot of work to be done and as always we welcome involvement from Friends, if a project appeals to you please do get in touch.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the committee and volunteers for all their invaluable help and support throughout the year, you are all stars.

A very happy 2014 to you all.

Annie Murray, Chair, FBHP

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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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