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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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Meet Henry VIII's Great Horses at Hampton Court Palace

Meet Henry VIII's Great Horses at Hampton Court Palace

Did you know Shire horses are rarer than the Giant Panda? Or that our horses are part of the last working herd of Shire horses in London?

The Shire breed was founded by Henry VIII, who wanted to breed the biggest war horses possible, able to carry a knight’s heavy armour into battle – our Hampton Court shires are a fitting tribute to his plans.

Help prepare the magnificent Shires for their work, and ensure their grooming is up to standard to work in front of a Royal Palace. Try your hand at harnessing, and polish the brasses until they gleam.
Come onto the box seat, and drive a lap of honour on the tram before the gardens are open to the public…
while you breakfast on the hoof!

Enter the competition at Operation Centaur

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Friday, 25th Jan 8:00 pm

Talk by Ian Jones-Healy “Dr John Langdon Down and the history of Normansfield“.

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...