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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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Annual Report for 2013

We have enjoyed another full and eventful year.

Through the generosity of yourselves and the public we were able to complete the installation of the reeds in the Water Gardens, as well as organising the construction and installation of 4 interpretation boards. We have also continued to support the Stud Nursery in Home Park, as well as providing an ideal location for our Summer Party we purchased a bench and saplings which will create an orchard. Sadly we have been unable to make any real progress on the construction of a bird hide (badgers and cost) we are looking at a project to create eel passages and with your permission we will use the 2012 appeals monies for this end.
With the added revenue from specific individual donations we have been able to contribute to the large scale replanting project in the Woodland Gardens recreating a bog garden as well as contributing towards a living hedge.

We are still planning to use 2013 donations for metal tree crates (Lime Ave), further planting in Bushy and eel passages.

A big thank you to our volunteers who continue to make an important contribution. The Info Point was closed for a period due to the refurbishment programme and it seemed that we were missed which is always good to know.
Our new space has proved a little problematic during adverse weather conditions but we hope to make some improvements soon.
The range of merchandise has been very successful particularly popular were the calendars and Xmas cards generating a good profit.
We also planted 5000 bulbs in October which are quite spectacular, the squirrels must have been sleeping whilst we were planting.
We also supported the RP’s in their oak processionary moth programme. There was a significant increase in the number of nests spotted and 202 were destroyed.
We also attended a lot more local events this year incl the Hampton Wick Festival, the Dog Show and Xmas lights. These occasions are always enjoyable and it’s a good way to spread the word of what we do and recruit new members.

Our extensive programme of walks and talks were not only entertaining but highly informative. Thank you Jane for organising all of these so successfully.

The newsletter and web site continue to be an important source of providing information about the parks. Thank you to Chris H for doing such a great job as newsletter editor and for the technical expertise provided by Mark and Carol in supporting the website.

We keep an eye on planning applications and it has been agreed that following representations from the Friends that the developer, the council and the Royal Parks have all agreed that there should be a new pedestrian gate to the east of the traffic gates when the re-development of the Lion Gate Hotel goes ahead. It has long been a concern that there is a danger to pedestrians as they exit the park, being forced to walk in the path of exiting traffic.

Bushy has been fortunate to escape the need to raise funds via events as it is recognised that this is not an ideal venue for large scale events. Obviously we are grateful to the central London parks that are providing essential supplements to reduced budgets.

Finally we look forward to celebrating our 25th anniversary next year; we are busy working on special events to mark this auspicious occasion. We will be issuing a special anniversary edition of the newsletter; if you have anything you would like to share please do contact us.

This concludes the annual report.

Annie Murray, Chair

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 26th Oct 8:00 pm

The wonders of Fungi – talk by Brian Spooner, former head of Mycology at Kew

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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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