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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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Walks & Talks - Reports

  • Grasses in the Park (Bushy)

    Grasses in the Park (Bushy)

    Photo © Alan Buckingham

    A walk led by Pippa Hyde, Saturday 17th July

    Report by Pieter Morpurgo, photos by Alan Buckingham.

    We started in the new education area of the Welcome Centre with a small display of some grasses which we might see during the walk. Pippa had collected them over the previous month.

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  • Thursday Talk: Wildlife photography

    Wildlife Photography on foot and by bicycle. Talk given by Barry Hilling on Thursday May 27th 2010

    Report by Jane Cliff, 6th June 2010

    Barry started by stressing that it is possible to travel on foot, by public transport or bicycle and travel to areas where wonderful photographs can be taken.

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  • Saturday Walk: Spiders

    A Spider Foray in Bushy Park Led by Mick Massie on May 23rd 2010

    Report by Jane Cliff, 4th June 2010

    This was a fascinating 2 hours and we saw at least 10 different species of spider.

  • Thursday Talk: The Thames Discovery Programme

    Thursday 22nd April 2010 The Thames Discovery Programme – Community Archaeology on the Thames Foreshore by Lorna Richardson

    Report by Jane Cliff, 12th May 2010

    The Thames Discovery programme builds on work done by the Museum of London’s Thames Archaeology Survey, 1993-99, and the Thames Explorer Trust.

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  • Saturday Walk: The Water Gardens

    Saturday Walk: The Water Gardens

    Saturday 20th March 2010 with Ray Brodie, Park Manager, Bushy Park

    Report by Pieter Morpurgo 21st March 2010

    Unusually for the Friends’ walks, the weather was a bit drizzly, but nearly 50 people turned up to listen to Park Manager Ray Brodie, as he led us around the Water Gardens.

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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 23rd Nov 8:00 pm

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

Latest report

Naomi Campbell, who has worked for the National Trust in a range of roles for the past 17 years and now manages a group of properties including Ham House and Garden, and Petersham Meadows, gave us an insightful talk on 22 October about current projects at Ham.

Full report...

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.