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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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Changes to access at Hampton Court Palace

Changes to access at Hampton Court Palace

It has been announced that from winter 2016/17 free access will no longer be available to the formal gardens via the Governor’s Gate (that’s the gate between the Wilderness and the gardens on the east front).

The current arrangement of free access during winter has been in place for 12 years or so. There has been a garden only ticket available since then, but this has not proved popular; so it been decided that to see the gardens from winter 2016 should be part of the whole Hampton Court Palace experience. In other words to see the formal gardens from winter 2016 you will need to pay the full entrance fee or present a valid Members card. (Members of Historic Royal Palaces have unlimited access to Hampton Court Palace and its gardens, as well as five other palaces.)

The Wilderness, the new Kitchen Garden, Home Park and Barge Walk will continue to have free access.

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...