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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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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!

Both get involved in schools and higher education colleges, community events such as Bushy Spark (2007), artwork for Age Concern, Scouts and Beavers. With the help of an artist they have had the Big Draw in the park, and run activities each summer holidays such as in art, pond-dipping and meadow-sweeping.

Sophie is responsible for giving talks in primary and nursery schools, and for the long-running scheme which brings primary schoolchildren to the Stockyard several days a week. Assisted by volunteers, children walk a nature trail and pond-dip, later viewing their aquatic catch through a fancy microscope and TV. The pond-dipping room was decorated partly thanks to the Friends, as described in the previous newsletter.

Hannah is responsible for secondary schools, organizing field visits in Bushy Park, projects in schools, and coursework. She may work alongside police in their drive to encourage responsible attitudes.

Bushy is one of only 3 royal parks to have education officers, co-ordinated by Toni Assirati at HQ. You may have seen Sophie and Hannah on Chestnut Sunday, immersed in activities with children. This summer, in addition to all their normal activities, they are involved in ‘OPAL’- a link between scientists and the public for useful data collection, a moth count, and ‘waste-free picnics’. They will lead the Friends’ ‘walk for Little Children’ on 27th June.

In many years at the Stockyard we haven’t seen such an energetic pair or engagement with such a wide section of the public. Inspiring indeed!

Alison Blaney, May 2009

Why we need more Friends

With more members our voice is stronger when we campaign to protect the Parks, and with more subscription income we can do more to provide information and education about the Parks, their wildlife and their history.

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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.

Full report...

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.