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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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AGM was held on March 3

The AGM was preceded by an illuminating talk from Paul Gray, HRP’s Palaces Group Director and a film of a year in the life of the gardens and parks of Hampton Court Palace. The generous offer from Paul for the Friends to use the Garden Room at the Palace for our AGM proved to be a hit with members as we all enjoyed the venue.

Cobblers Walk on Google Maps Google Maps wrongly labels Cobblers Walk in Bushy Park as Nightingale Lane. Cobblers Walk is a historic pathway from Hampton Hill to Hampton Wick. Come on Google - Get It Right!

Graphic Designer Wanted

The Friends are looking for someone with experience as a graphic designer who is willing to volunteer to help us produce our posters, leaflets and other published materials. This follows the standing down from the role of Tony Gask, a member who has given many years of his retirement to help us in those matters. Contact Colin Muid if you are interested.

Did You Know

Barn Owls do not really build nests but lay their eggs on the soft absorbent debris of their own pellets. Before there were barns these owls roosted in rock crevices and hollow trees. They have also been known by the names of church owl, cave owl and stone owl. The Barn Owl is one of the most widespread birds across the globe, being found on every continent except Antarctica.

Despite Harry Potter conveying a different impression, it used to be thought that if you heard the screeching of a barn owl it was an omen for imminent death.

  • Teddington named among the Sunday Times best places to live

    Teddington has been named as one of the best places to live in London in a top ten to be published in the Sunday Times.

  • Half Marathon at Hampton Court Palace on Sunday 19 March 2017

    Half Marathon at Hampton Court Palace on Sunday 19 March 2017

    Half Marathon at Hampton Court Palace

    Hampton Court Palace will be hosting ‘The Palace Half’ the official half marathon to start and finish at Hampton Court Palace on Sunday 19th March 2017.

  • Barn Owl Manor

    Barn Owl Manor

    Barn Owl Manor

    Thanks to the very generous donations placed in our green donations box by visitors to our Information Point during 2016, we have been able to pay for a “Barn Owl Manor” which, in February, was installed in the paddocks in Home Park.

  • The Royal Parks Guild Awards

    The Royal Parks Guild Awards

    3 recipients – Nicholas, in the middle Anthony and far right Dick

    The Royal Parks Guild annual awards were held at Hampton Court Palace on January 20th 2017. Mike Fit , Chair of the Guild and Paul Gray , Palaces Group Director, presented the awards.

  • Change to Winter opening hours from 7th January & update

    The Information Point winter opening hours from Saturday 7th January to Sunday 26th February will be 11.30 am to 1.30 pm.

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

Friday, 7th Apr 6:00 pm

The HWA and the Friends of Hampton Wick Library are proud to present an illustrated talk by Roland Wales about the fascinating life of R C Sherriff, Hampton Wick’s celebrated playwright, Hollywood screenwriter and World War One hero.

Latest report

Over 50 people took part in the Deer Walk in Bushy Park on 3rd September 2016.

Full report...

Information Point

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.

Click this panel to visit our Information Point section and also to find out how you can get involved as a volunteer.