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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.

We are always pleased to receive feedback. You can contact us by clicking here.

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News from the Hampton Wick Association

Last year, the Hampton Wick Association set up the Friends of Hampton Wick Library to ensure that people in the area are aware of Hampton Wick Library and make good use of it.

On the last Sunday of each month at 11am the Friends’ Gardening Gang usually meets at the Library to don gardening gloves, do battle with weeds and dead leaves and help return vitality to the Library gardens. Sunday 28 May is the next session, with much planting and weeding to be done. Please contact mark@dtew.co.uk if you wish to help or to check on future dates.

The Friends want to show off the work they’ve been doing and are planning to hold a Grand Garden Party in the Library gardens in September. If you can make a mean cucumber sandwich or would like to help more generally, please do get in touch with them.The Friends are particularly pleased to be able to report that there’s a real chance that new Library signage (for which it has been campaigning) may be arriving soon – more news as and when we get it.

Finally, the Friends stage regular exhibitions in the Library. Currently, there is one on R C Sherriff, a resident of Hampton Wick who came back from active service in the trenches of World War I to write “Journey’s End”, a play which is still performed on stage and is about to be released as a major feature film. His later career took him to Hollywood where he wrote, amongst other things, the screenplay for The Dambusters. Roland Wales, the biographer of Sherriff, gave an illustrated talk for the Friends earlier this year and has provided the material for this fascinating exhibition. If you’ve not seen it yet, please do make an effort to visit it as it’s had some great feedback.

Membership of the Friends of Hampton Wick Library costs just £5 for life, with further details (including the library’s opening hours and location) available here.

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 26th Oct 8:00 pm

The wonders of Fungi – talk by Brian Spooner, former head of Mycology at Kew

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...