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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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Snow did not stop the AGM

On Friday 2 March around 70 stoic members braved the snow and icy winds to hear our guest speaker Loyd Grossman CBE, the Chair of The Royal Parks charity. He addressed the subject of The Royal Parks in the 21st Century and described the challenges of sustaining their biodiversity and heritage and the opportunities the parks provide for free access for the public to enjoy a natural environment. He describes these parks as the best in the world and his enthusiasm for the parks warmed the members who had come to hear him speak. They stayed for the AGM which followed and the trustees and officers of the Friends are very grateful for their interest and support. We are also very grateful to Loyd Grossman.

Friends’ Working Session in Bushy Park 10 March 11 a.m.

Each year the Friends hold a working session when we donate plants and help with their planting. Our next session is to be held on 10 March 2018 when we shall be donating approximately £1000-worth of shrubs and planting them alongside Triss’s Pond in the Woodland Gardens. You are cordially invited to come along and assist in this planting.

We will meet at the Information Point, by the Pheasantry Café in Bushy Park at 11 a.m. Please wear suitable footwear, such as boots, and bring gloves to protect your hands. We will have to cross a ditch and we will be working next to a pond.

It is usually fun and is not too hard work. You can bask in the satisfaction of knowing that you have planted something for generations to enjoy.

Chestnut Sunday 2018

Regular visitors to Bushy Park will know that Chestnut Sunday is a celebration of the blossom on the Chestnut trees in Bushy Park. The Victorians introduced the occasion so that Londoners could come out to get some country fresh air.

Nowadays it includes a parade down Chestnut Avenue, a Victorian funfair, historic re-enactors, and many local groups exhibiting their activities relating to the park. It is a grand day out that attracts thousands of visitors.

This year it will be held on the first Sunday of the month, 6 May 2018.

  • Wellbeing Walks

    Monthly accessible walks which are being offered to local people through a partnership between Richmond Council, RUILS (Richmond Users Independent Living Scheme) and Richmond Borough Mind to get more people exploring our parks and open spaces.

  • Reduced car parking for our AGM

    We have just been informed by NPL that due to building work within the grounds the number of car parking spaces has been reduced. Only the small car park situated at the front of the office reception will be available.

  • Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon, Sunday 18 March 2018

    Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon, Sunday 18 March 2018

    Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon

    The Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 18 March 2018.

  • The Royal Parks Regulations Consultation

    The Royal Parks Regulations Consultation

    The Royal Parks would like to hear your views on suggested amendments to The Royal Parks Regulations.

  • Planting today

    Planting today

    Planting today

    The Hampton Wick Association had a large number of bulbs that were surplus to requirements and at risk of being composted so we volunteered to help them out and take them off their hands and plant them in the park.

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

Saturday, 24th Mar 11:00 am

Walk with Russell Downs, Wildlife Officer Home Park

Latest report

A perimeter walk of Home Park led by Nicholas Garbutt was enjoyed by over 45 people on 2nd September.

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.