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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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“Managing a Royal Park” by Simon Richards

“Managing  a Royal Park” by Simon Richards

Simon Richards, Parks Manager

22nd February 2013

Somehow we managed to arrange our Friends of Bushy and Home Parks AGM and talk by Simon Richards, the Park Manager of both Richmond and Bushy Parks, on one of the coldest nights of the winter; in spite of this we had an excellent turn out!

Simon’s talk was very interesting as he has had experience with all the Royal Parks. His job is very diverse, dealing with conservation, culture, media and sport, and was very involved with the Olympic cycling races in both Bushy and Richmond Parks.

Essentially though, they are deer parks of Fallow and Red Deer that have to be carefully monitored. Deer have been brought in from Windsor and Althorp to improve the herd.

Horticulture is still in the forefront in many of the parks, like St. James and Hyde Park, but in keeping with today’s more relaxed attitudes the planting has become less formal and there are opportunities to improve the bio-diversity by planting wild flowers.

Tree care is another aspect, paying special attention to the veteran trees, and keeping control of pests and diseases, i.e. Oak Processionary Moth, which is a particular problem at the moment.

There have been extensive heritage restoration projects, the Diana Fountain and the Water Gardens are the jewels of Bushy Park and well worth a visit.

Simon is obviously dedicated to the parks, especially the wildlife, and we are extremely lucky to have him looking after them on our behalf.

Sue Hill

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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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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.

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