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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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Winners of Close-Ups competition

Winners of Close-Ups competition

'Hunting' by Caroline Buckingham

This photo competition, which ran from August to December 2013, had a rather different type of theme. Instead of asking for photographs based on a subject, we asked for entries based on a particular style of photography: close-ups.

We had a record number of entries and some superb shots.

The winner was Caroline Buckingham for “Hunting” which was taken on 30th September near Leg of Mutton Pond in Bushy Park.

In second place was “Bursting Out” by Richard Gudge which was taken on 6th October near Hampton Hill Cricket Ground also in Bushy Park.

There was a dead heat for third place:

“Dew Drops” by Dave Brimner was taken on 29th December just off Upper Lodge Road.

And “Couples” was taken by George Andrews who explains: “During the summer I was walking by the Woodland Pond when I saw a thin stalk swaying slightly and then caught sight of these two (possibly Strangulata Maculata) in an embrace, or so it seemed, as they mountaineered up the stalk. They were not deterred by a large human face or lens peering at them.“

Many congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone who entered this extremely competitive contest.

Click here to view the gallery of all the entries.

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 22nd Nov 8:00 pm

TALK by John Sheaf, “Bushy Park and the surrounding area in old photographs”

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...