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With more members our voice is stronger when we campaign to protect the Parks, and with more subscription income we can do more to provide information and education about the Parks, their wildlife and their history.
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Chestnut Sunday was enjoyed by thousands of visitors to Bushy Park. The weather was perfect, and the parade, the voluntary groups’ tents and the fair were all crowded with people enjoying the event. The Chestnut trees did their most important part by blooming at the right time. The park management team who organise it all did a wonderful job, especially by arranging the sunshine. It has been a pleasure to receive messages from visitors, both on the day and subsequently, saying how much they enjoyed it.
Rather different messages I receive from visitors express their concerns about the park. Those cover everything including misbehaviour spotted in the park, complaints about parking and speeding, damage to the ecology of the park, planning applications which can affect the park, and the need for more signs or seating. Most of the respondents are polite and genuinely wish to offer a constructive suggestion or draw attention to something they think may be overlooked. Occasionally a respondent will be rather confrontational and border on being offensive, wrongly presuming that the Friends are directly responsible for managing the park or wrongly requiring us to be a lobby group for their particular concern. We take every one seriously, give it consideration within the remit of our constitution as a charity, and pass on the concern to the appropriate authority.
If everyone who visits Bushy Park and Home Park treats them as places that deserve respect and deserve preservation for future generations my mailbag would be much smaller. Equally, when everyone who writes to the Friends is appreciative of what the parks provide then I shall enjoy reading and replying to the correspondence that much more.
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