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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

  • 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?

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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 27th Sep 8:00 pm

TALK by Adam Curtis, “Bats in Richmond and Bushy parks”.

Latest report

Jamie Simpson from the Ancient Tree Forum together with Gillian Jonusas from The Royal Parks (TRP) and Nicholas Garbutt from Historic Royal Palaces provided us with a wealth of information on the subject of ancient and veteran trees.

Full report...

Information Point

The Information Point next to the Pheasantry Welcome Centre café is where our volunteers help visitors 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.