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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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Barn Owl Manor

Barn Owl Manor

Barn Owl Manor

Thanks to the very generous donations placed in our green donations box by visitors to our Information Point during 2016, we have been able to pay for a “Barn Owl Manor” which, in February, was installed in the paddocks in Home Park.

Even though the parks are a sustainable environment for these wonderful birds, there are only a few barn owls in the area, mainly due to the lack of suitable buildings in which they can nest. Following consultation between Historic Royal Palaces and the barn owl conservation charity “The Barn Owl Centre”, the committee felt that supporting this project would be a very worthwhile way to use our visitors’ donations this year.

Barn Owl Manor

As you can see, the “Manor” is purpose-built, having been designed by the The Barn Owl Centre and modified for us with some upgraded features. We are told it will prove less attractive to other species such as jackdaws, which has been a problem in the past. Although the Manor is situated in an area of Home Park not normally open to the public, we hope to include it in one of our forthcoming walks.

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 23rd Nov 8:00 pm

The Royal Parks in the Great War. Talk by David Ivison

Latest report

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

Full report...