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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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Oriental Chestnut Gall Wasp

We have been notified by the London Parks and Green Spaces forum about the Oriental Chestnut Gall Wasp which has recently been found in a number of locations in and around London. It is a pest of the Sweet chestnut tree:

‘The impact of OCGW on Sweet chestnut in this country is low. People should also be reassured that the wasp does not pose a human or animal health risk, as it doesn’t bite or sting.

For more detailed information on OCGW – life cycle, symptoms, impact etc – please refer to the Forestry Commission website. Our advice is to:

– Familiarise yourself with OCGW so you can identify it

- Report findings via the Tree Alert webpage

- Avoid moving infested foliage material from sites to prevent the risk of spread of the wasp.’

Apparently, the wasp is present in Bushy Park as confirmed by the Forestry Commission but not yet in Home Park, at least not that has been spotted. Home Park is keen that if we do spot it, we should let them know.

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Friday, 26th Apr 8:00 pm

Talk by Andreas Liefooghe ‘Operation Centaur – Working with Shire Horses’

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