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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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Reports Archive

  • Hampton Court Tree Walk

    by Noelle Leigh MBE, 6 September 2008

    First of all, Noelle pointed out that many of us look at trees in different ways. Some look at them from a botanical aspect, some from the aesthetic aspect, others may look at them from the craftsman’s point of view as in “How much wood can I get out of that tree?!”, or we may be interested in the folklore. But one thing is for certain, we all love trees and are passionate about their survival and protection.

  • Deer Walk in Bushy Park

    with Ray Brodie 23 August 2008

    It was a perfect day for a walk in the park with just a few billowy cumulus clouds floating across the azure blue sky and a gentle breeze rustling the magnificent trees which surround the Diana car park where around fifty of us met at 11 am.

  • Bat Walk in Bushy Park

    with Dr Nigel Reeve 8th June 2008

    We met at Teddington Gate at 8:30pm. As bats don’t leave their roosts until sunset, Nigel had a few minutes to introduce his walk with a few facts about Bushy Park itself.

  • History of Teddington and Environs

    by Paddy Ching, 22 May 2008

    Paddy Ching, a local historian, gave a most interesting and informative talk illustrated with maps and photographs. She began the story in Saxon times when Teddington was one of many villages which had grown up along the banks of the Thames. Teddington was different due to the main road running away from the river. This may have been due to flooding along the banks of the Thames.

  • Deer Talk at Market House, Kingston

    with Ray Brodie, 17th April 2008

    This was a joint evening talk organised by the Friends of Richmond Park together with the Friends of Bushy & Home Parks. The event was part of a highly successful two-week Market House Festival organised by Marilyn Mason. Starting earlier than our usual talks it was well attended by both groups.

  • Mistletoe Walk 2008

    Mistletoe Walk 2008

    Mistletoe at Hampton Court Palace grounds

    Saturday 16th February 2008

    The Mistletoe walk – for many years led by Tyrrell Marris and again joined this year by Graham Dillamore is becoming one of the Friends annual favourites. Almost sixty of us met at the Lion Gate on a beautiful spring-like morning. It may be tempting fate to say it, but for many years now the weather has been very good. Looking up into the trees to see the mistletoe with a bright blue sky behind it, makes it even more special. The early spring bulbs were out too – crocus, daffodil and snowdrops.

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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Latest report

On Saturday 8 June 2019 from 11am to 3pm members of the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks will be at the SHAEF memorial (near SHAEF Gate) and at Teddington Gate to help you envisage the scene 75 years ago when General Dwight D Eisenhower and his staff in Bushy Park were planning the campaign to liberate occupied Europe.

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Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre next to the Pheasantry 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 Visitor Centre section and also to find out how you can get involved as a volunteer.