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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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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 bed had been laid out by staff from Fountains with 450 pachysandra terminalis (Japanese spurge) and vinca minor (Periwinkle). Trowels were supplied, but the thirteen of us needed a few more tools, so spades were collected from the store room and we started planting.

It looked as though there were far too many plants set out for us, but at the end of two and a half hours we had finished the job. We were lucky that it had rained hard during the previous week otherwise the ground would have been very solid. The soil close to the trees was quite difficult enough! The bed is the first you walk past on the way to Triss’s Pond.

It was a very pleasant morning and afterwards this time we were able to sit and have a coffee at the Welcome Centre to recover.

Very many thanks to Chris for keeping us all under control. There will be another Shrub Planting next year in November.

Report and Photo by Pieter Morpurgo. October 2009

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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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