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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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Joint statement from The Royal Parks and The Royal Parks Foundation

The Royal Parks and the charity The Royal Parks Foundation have agreed they should become a new single organisation to fundraise for and manage the capital’s eight Royal Parks.

Both organisations plan to join within a new charitable public corporation. The proposal has already won the backing of the government and the Mayor of London. A detailed plan is now being worked up, and it is hoped the new organisation will be established next year.

A new charitable public corporation will have increased freedoms, with controls similar to a charity rather than a government department. This means the parks can be managed more efficiently while maintaining visitor satisfaction. Placing fundraising and managing the parks under one organisation will also attract stronger funding support.

Running the parks costs around £36 million a year, 65% of which is raised through sponsors, donors, events, catering, grants, lottery funding, licences, rental income from lodges, filming and photography. With over 77 million visitors a year (Ipsos MORI 2015) and decreasing government funding this means maintaining high standards and a public satisfaction rate of 98% (Ipsos MORI 2015) is challenging

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...