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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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New Visitor Centre

We will be very happy to welcome visitors to our new Visitor Centre at the Pheasantry entrance to the Woodland Gardens in Bushy Park.

It contains all the information and advice and insights into the park’s secrets. So come and be intrigued, amused, stimulated and informed. There is a Discovery zone for children, with their own desk and mushroom stools to sit on and things for them to do. We have our new barrow containing our nature table displays of antlers, Big Pine Cones, an assortment of bugs (in specimen cases!) and a variety of birds nests. All for touching and examining up close.

The interior of the Visitor Centre is a unique design to inspire visitors and our volunteers alike. Robin Johannsen, an exceptional and enthusiastic local craftsman furniture designer, based on Platts Eyot at Hampton, has created the interior of the Visitor Centre. His ideas, creativity and eye for detail ensure the Centre is a significant new asset for Bushy Park and its many visitors.

You can admire the Ripple wall, reflecting the waters that pass through the park, our coloured display wall reminiscent of the artist Mondrian, and the Sycamore tree on which are carved mementoes from the history of the park.

You must come and see for yourselves.

Deer rut – advice for walkers

The stags and bucks now sport fully-grown antlers. They may be seen thrashing them about in the vegetation to build up their neck muscles, as towards the end of the month they will start establishing territories for the rut. The deer also indulge in dust wallows to assist the shedding of their summer coats as their winter ones grow through. They are vulnerable to disturbance during the rut and the large number of spectators can affect them.

Recently the numbers of owners choosing to walk their dogs in the Park has increased considerably. Deer can feel threatened by dogs even over long distances and although the dog is not behaving in a provocative manner. This is particularly so during the rutting (September – October) and the birthing (May – July) seasons. We recommend walking your dog outside the Park at these times. If you choose, at your own risk, to walk your dog in the Park at these times, it is advisable to keep your dog on a lead and consider an alternative route, such as following the wall line of the Park, close to exit gates.

  • Advice to dog walkers

    Please take this advice very seriously as we have had reported a number of incidents of deer attacking walkers with dogs , in fact they are protecting the young so doing what comes naturally but having been a recent victim it is extremely frightening.

  • Bushy Park's place in D-Day

    Bushy Park's place in D-Day

    The SHAEF Memorial, Bushy Park

    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.

  • The Royal Parks seeks to double its volunteer rangers in Richmond and Bushy Parks

    The Royal Parks seeks to double its volunteer rangers in Richmond and Bushy Parks

    Volunteer rangers

    Following the successful launch of the Volunteer Ranger service in spring, The Royal Parks charity is launching a second recruitment drive in Bushy and Richmond Parks.

    At the beginning of the year, 25 Volunteer Rangers were recruited to operate in Bushy and Richmond Parks, from April to October annually. The service is a three-year pilot and operates on most weekends to share information with visitors about the history and nature of the park, as well as educate them on wildlife protection issues such as keeping 50 metres from the deer.

    The first stage of the programme has been so successful that The Royal Parks are looking to double their numbers and recruit another 25 Rangers in these parks.

    For more information, see here.

  • Say 'Hello' to the new Volunteer Rangers in Bushy Park

    Say 'Hello' to the new Volunteer Rangers in Bushy Park

    Volunteer Rangers

    From now until late autumn, Volunteer Rangers will be operating in small numbers on most weekends

  • Pesticide spraying for the Oak Processionary Moth

    Oak Processionary Moth is an invasive, non-native insect pest which can pose a serious threat to human, animal and tree health.

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, 27th Sep 8:00 pm

Talk: Eel Pie Island : Boatyards and Bands by Celia Holman of the Eel Pie Island Museum

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.