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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

  • Thursday Talk: A Biodiversity Action Plan for Home Park

    Talk by Nicholas Garbutt – Trees and Wildlife Conservation Manager, Historic Royal Palaces.

  • Hedgehog rescue

    Hedgehog rescue

    A talk given by Sue Kidger on 23rd. September 2010.

    Sue is a remarkable person! She has been rescuing hedgehogs for 10 years and keeps them (up to 45 at any one time) in the larger of two top floor rooms in her town house in Twickenham.

  • Grasses in the Park (Bushy)

    Grasses in the Park (Bushy)

    Photo © Alan Buckingham

    A walk led by Pippa Hyde, Saturday 17th July

    Report by Pieter Morpurgo, photos by Alan Buckingham.

    We started in the new education area of the Welcome Centre with a small display of some grasses which we might see during the walk. Pippa had collected them over the previous month.

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  • Thursday Talk: Wildlife photography

    Wildlife Photography on foot and by bicycle. Talk given by Barry Hilling on Thursday May 27th 2010

    Report by Jane Cliff, 6th June 2010

    Barry started by stressing that it is possible to travel on foot, by public transport or bicycle and travel to areas where wonderful photographs can be taken.

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  • Saturday Walk: Spiders

    A Spider Foray in Bushy Park Led by Mick Massie on May 23rd 2010

    Report by Jane Cliff, 4th June 2010

    This was a fascinating 2 hours and we saw at least 10 different species of spider.

  • Thursday Talk: The Thames Discovery Programme

    Thursday 22nd April 2010 The Thames Discovery Programme – Community Archaeology on the Thames Foreshore by Lorna Richardson

    Report by Jane Cliff, 12th May 2010

    The Thames Discovery programme builds on work done by the Museum of London’s Thames Archaeology Survey, 1993-99, and the Thames Explorer Trust.

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  • Saturday Walk: The Water Gardens

    Saturday Walk: The Water Gardens

    Saturday 20th March 2010 with Ray Brodie, Park Manager, Bushy Park

    Report by Pieter Morpurgo 21st March 2010

    Unusually for the Friends’ walks, the weather was a bit drizzly, but nearly 50 people turned up to listen to Park Manager Ray Brodie, as he led us around the Water Gardens.

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  • Chairman’s Annual Report - 2010

    We’ve had another busy year in the Parks.

    We’ve had another busy year in the Parks. All of the work supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund has now been completed. The Water Gardens was opened to the public in October and has proved very popular, although the cascade has been closed down for a while to allow repairs to the lining of the upper pool. The cascade should be running again soon.

  • Wildlife Conservation in the Royal Parks

    Dr. Nigel Reeve, 5th March 2010

    Report by Alison Blaney March 2010

    Did we all realize that many inhabitants of London’s Royal Parks are saproxylic ? And that we should be pleased that that is so? Now we do!

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  • Walking the Mistletoe

    Walking the Mistletoe

    With Tyrrell Marris and Graham Dillamore: 13th February 2010

    Report by Pieter Morpurgo February 2010

    The first outside event of the Friends’ calendar is always a special event, and this was no exception. The weather was cold and a little overcast but 60 people turned up at the Lion Gate of Hampton Court Palace to enjoy this great morning.

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Walks & Talks

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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.