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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

  • Chairman’s Annual Report - 2010

    We’ve had another busy year in the Parks.

    We’ve had another busy year in the Parks. All of the work supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund has now been completed. The Water Gardens was opened to the public in October and has proved very popular, although the cascade has been closed down for a while to allow repairs to the lining of the upper pool. The cascade should be running again soon.

  • Wildlife Conservation in the Royal Parks

    Dr. Nigel Reeve, 5th March 2010

    Report by Alison Blaney March 2010

    Did we all realize that many inhabitants of London’s Royal Parks are saproxylic ? And that we should be pleased that that is so? Now we do!

    Read more…

  • Walking the Mistletoe

    Walking the Mistletoe

    With Tyrrell Marris and Graham Dillamore: 13th February 2010

    Report by Pieter Morpurgo February 2010

    The first outside event of the Friends’ calendar is always a special event, and this was no exception. The weather was cold and a little overcast but 60 people turned up at the Lion Gate of Hampton Court Palace to enjoy this great morning.

  • Thursday Talk: Teddington Lifeboats

    Thursday Talk: Teddington Lifeboats

    Teddington Lifeboat (teddington-lock.co.uk)

    Talk by John Tough on January 28th 2010

    Report by Jane Cliff February 2010

    John started the talk by explaining his role as ‘Deputy Launch Authority’. John acts as the liaison between the Coastguard and the Lifeboats. The Coastguard calls John who then makes the decision whether or not to launch the Lifeboat.

  • 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!

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Despite the wet and windy weather on Saturday a gallant group of volunteers planted 200 yews and hollies in the Bog Garden.

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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.