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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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Reports Archive

  • Thursday Talk: The History of Kew

    Thursday Talk: The History of Kew

    Laura Ponsonby

    The History of Kew by Laura Ponsonby. Thursday 26 November 2009.

    Laura gave a most interesting and informative talk and, to our amazement, managed to condense the 250 years’ history of Kew gardens into 75 minutes!

  • Saturday Walk: Shrub Planting in Bushy Park

    Saturday Walk: Shrub Planting in Bushy Park

    Friends planting shrubs

    With Chris Nickerson, Head Gardener Woodland Gardens
    10th October 2009

    We met at the Red Brick Bridge and walked through the Pheasantry, passing the bed where our previous Shrub Planting event took place, to a bed near the Welcome Centre.

  • The Longford River

    A Talk by Richard Flenley, Thursday 24th September

    Richard began the talk by looking back 15 years when a meeting in this hall led to the Heritage Lottery Fund Project which has finally resulted in the wonderful restoration of The Water Gardens.

  • Saturday Walk: The Deer Herds (Bushy Park)

    Saturday Walk: The Deer Herds (Bushy Park)

    Friends at Deer Herds Walk

    Walk led by Ray Brodie, 22 August 2009

    Friends at Deer Herd walk

    Ray Brodie, Manager of Bushy Park took 50 of the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks on a walk to find and talk about the deer and their lives in the park. There are approximately 370 deer in Bushy Park; 125 Red Deer – stags and hinds and 245 Fallow – bucks and does.

  • Saturday Walk: Hampton Court Palace Chapel Court Tudor Garden

    Saturday Walk: Hampton Court Palace Chapel Court Tudor Garden

    Friends in Courtyard Garden

    Walk led by Terry Gough, 25 July 2009

    Click on any photo to enlarge it

    With a group of 88 behind him Terry Gough, Garden and Estates Manager of Hampton Court Palace, led us through several “Private”, “No Public Access” and “No Admittance” doors and gates to the recently completed Chapel Court Tudor Garden, where we were greeted by the Palaces Group Director, Rod Giddins who had kindly granted us free entry to the Courtyard and the gardens.

  • Question Time

    Panel: Ray Brodie, Terry Gough, Kathy White, Pippa Hyde

    Elleray Hall Thursday May 27th 8pm

    Pieter Morpurgo started the questioning:

    Question: (for each of the panellists)
    What is your favourite or secret place in Bushy and Home Parks?

  • Saturday Walk: Biodiversity in Home Park

    Saturday Walk: Biodiversity in Home Park

    Hampton Court Reed Bed

    Walk led by by Nicholas Garbutt, 23 May 2009

    31 Friends met at The Lion Gate (minus the lions!) on a beautiful May morning. We entered Home Park through the gate from Hampton Court gardens and walked along the dry river bed over many, very large, ant hills. The grassland here is neutral and Woodpeckers are to be seen. It becomes more acidic over towards the golf course due to the presence of approximately 300 fallow deer. We looked out for grass snakes, but none were seen.

  • Thursday Talk: Bushy Park - The Next Generation

    The Next Generation with Hannah Pritchard and Sophie Bryant Thursday 23 April 2009

    Hannah Pritchard and Sophie Bryant gave us a double act as slick as Eric and Ernie, a breath-taking view into the wide range of activities they organize. Appointed in 2007 as Education and Community Engagement Officers, and funded by HLF, they are based at the Stockyard, and cover all of Bushy Park and the Pheasantry Welcome Centre (when it opens). Both have experience as secondary school teachers, and it shows!

  • AGM Talk: The History of Bushy Park

    by Ray Brodie, Bushy Park Manager, 6 March 2009

    Ray gave a most interesting and informative talk going back over 500 years and bringing us up-to-date with news on progress of the Restoration Project.

  • Mistletoe Walk

    Mistletoe Walk

    Start of Mistletoe Walk 2009

    by Tyrrell Marris, Saturday 14th February 2009

    Report & Photos by Pieter Morpurgo

    Over the past few years we have been so lucky with the weather for our regular Mistletoe Walk. This year was no exception, and the promise of another enjoyable February walk in Home Park brought out the crowds. It also happened to be Valentines Day. There were seventy of us as Tyrrell Marris, our regular walk leader, reminded us that while Mistletoe grows on trees, we should also look at the ground as well as the snowdrops and crocii were in abundance. The day always provides a surprise or two, and we were joined by Martin Einchcomb, the Nursery Manager at Hampton Court who later was to show us around the nurseries.

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Walks & Talks

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Thursday, 28th Sep 8:00 pm

Talk by Terry Gough

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

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Information Point

The Information Point next to the Pheasantry Welcome Centre café is where our volunteers help visitors to find out more about the parks and where visitors can purchase souvenirs of your visit to support our work.

Click this panel to visit our Information Point section and also to find out how you can get involved as a volunteer.