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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: 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.

  • Thursday Talk: Swan Upping

    Thursday Talk: Swan Upping

    David Barber, Her Majesty's Swan Marker

    by David Barber, 22 January 2009

    The Friends were very pleased to welcome David Barber who gave a most interesting, illustrated talk.

    David Barber, Her Majesty’s Swan Marker

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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

A group of Friends of Bushy Park recently took part in a guided walk round old Hampton under the expert tutelage of Richmond Heritage guide, Johanna Coombes.

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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.