FBHP title
  • deercrossingbushyautumnmuid_opt2
  • p1050711_opt
  • p1050806_opt
  • p1050809_opt
  • p1050814_opt
FBHP logo

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.

We are always pleased to receive feedback. You can contact us by clicking here.

Keep Up-to-date

Members and non-members can receive emails about events in the parks. To subscribe, please enter your email address below.

Deer Attack in Bushy Park

We are sorry to have to record the deer attack on a young girl on Wednesday 24 October. The Royal Parks and the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks are continually warning visitors to refrain from getting too close to the deer, especially during the Rut and at birthing time. That is a distance of 50 metres. The unfortunate incident is the reason why. PLEASE treat the deer in the same way that you will treat any wild animal.

See under our News section for more details.

Foraging incidents ‘mushrooming’ in Royal Parks

‘Foraging incidents are ‘mushrooming” in the Royal Parks according to new figures, which reveal that 35 police warnings were issued last autumn alone for plundering wild food. This equates to a 600% increase on the number of warnings issued the previous year. One picker even ended up in court after ignoring a police caution and returning for a second round of pilfering. As Britain’s love of wild edibles continues to gain momentum, with foraged food gracing menus up and down the country, The Royal Parks warns that flouting its ban on collecting mushrooms, sweet chestnuts and other increasingly popular wild ingredients depletes vital food sources for wildlife and may cause long-term damage to park biodiversity.’ From simple blackberry picking to searching out rare mushrooms in ancient woodlands, foraging has become increasingly popular with foodie hipsters in recent times. However, ‘this sharp increase in the number of people removing nuts and fungi is extremely concerning’, Julia Balfour, head of ecology for the Royal Parks said. In particular, the removal of chestnuts from both Richmond Park and Bushy Park was affecting the local deer population. The parks are protected by bylaws which prevent foraging without permission.

Source: The Times, Friday 19th October and Royal Parks website.

  • “Friends to nature – the wonder of bees”

    “Friends to nature – the wonder of bees”

    Asian Hornet info

    We had a very interesting talk last Thursday on bees by Kate Canning, who highlighted the problem of the Asian Hornet.

  • 1 week left to save 20% on Santa Fun Run tickets!

    1 week left to save 20% on Santa Fun Run tickets!

    Santa Fun Run

    Bag yourself a discount! Book your Santa Fun Run tickets by 31st October and receive a 20% discount.

  • Operation Centaur winter rides

    Operation Centaur winter rides

    Operation Centaur is an organization set up to promote the relevance of the horse as a contemporary working animal in partnership with humans.

    Operation Centaur is an organization set up to promote the relevance of the horse as a contemporary working animal in partnership with humans. This takes the form of heritage skills in conservation and agriculture, transportation, discovery, learning and therapy.

    Details of this year’s winter rides can be found here.

  • Vote for your favourite park in the national People's Choice Award

    Vote for your favourite park in the national People's Choice Award

    Green Flag Award

    Residents and visitors to our borough’s parks are asked to go online and vote for their favourite park in the borough, as part of a national awards scheme.

    This follows a successful year for parks and open spaces in Richmond upon Thames, in which we picked up our eighteenth prestigious Green Flag Award, the international mark of quality in the industry.

    Bushy Park is up for the prestigious People’s Choice Award. To vote for Bushy Park go to the link below, which will have a photo of a large tree. Go to the foot of the photo, click on “Vote Here”. That will record your vote for Bushy Park.

    See here .

  • FBHP Calendar 2019

    FBHP Calendar 2019

    Available now – the much anticipated FBHP Calendar 2019.

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.

Join us today!

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 22nd Nov 8:00 pm

TALK by John Sheaf, “Bushy Park and the surrounding area in old photographs”

Latest report

On the morning of Saturday 3 November a group of members of the Friends assisted Sharon Evans, the Bushy Park Head Gardener, in planting an area of the Woodland Gardens.

Full report...

Information Point

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