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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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Your title here… ————————— Explore Richmond Park like never before in a carriage drawn by the Royal Parks’ majestic Shire horses.

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Winter rides tickets are now available.

From 29th November 2019 – 5th January 2020

BOOK A TICKET

Copyright © 2019 OPERATION CENTAUR, All rights reserved. ————————————————————————————————-

The annual Santa Fun Runs in Bushy Park in support of the Princess Alice Hospice

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The meeting point at Bushy Park is next to the Diana (Arethusa) Fountain car park, nearest to the Hampton Court Gate - We will then all walk over to the start point together

Date and time(s):

Sunday 15 December - 10:00 am Sunday 8 December - 10:00 am

For more info see www.pah.org.uk/santafunrun/

————————————————————————————————-Wild deer are not Disney creatures, The Royal Parks warns parents

Deer photographers

Parents are being urged by The Royal Parks not to put their children in harm’s way by posing with stags during the rutting season.

The rise in popularity of social media, and the availability of smartphones has been blamed for the rise in people taking unacceptable risks in Bushy and Richmond Parks.

The rutting season (breeding season) is now underway, in which male deer compete for breeding rights from now until November. Red stags and Fallow bucks, flooded with testosterone and adrenaline, roar and clash antlers in a bid to fight off rivals and attract as many females as possible.

To prepare for the annual rut, stags will bulk up and grow calcium rich sharp antlers. Maintaining a stronghold on their harems is tiring work, and the dominant stags are hyper vigilant and aggressive to potential rivals during this time. Dogs and even humans who try to get between a stag and his females run the risk of being injured if a safe distance of at least 50 metres is not adhered to.

Over a thousand wild deer live in Richmond and Bushy Parks, and The Royal Parks are reminding visitors, especially parents with children in tow, to exercise caution. They are also appealing to photographers to use a long lens and to never crowd the deer. Dog owners are advised to walk their dogs elsewhere, as attacks on dogs are not uncommon at this time of year.

The Royal Parks wishes farewell and good luck to Bushy Park’s ‘Ray of Sunshine’

Ray Brodie (holding photo book) with current Friends’ Chair Colin Muid and past chairs Pieter Morpurgo and Annie Murray after being presented with a photo book which illustrated some of his favorite spaces in the park and a few less favorable ones!————————————————————————————————-

The Royal Parks wishes Bushy Park’s manager, Ray Brodie, a very happy retirement after 38 years’ dedicated service, working in a number of roles across the organisation.

Ray joined The Royal Parks straight from school in 1981 as a horticultural apprentice.

He began his career in The Royal Parks’ tree maintenance team in 1985, spending five years looking after the trees across the central Royal Parks: St James’s Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and, Buckingham Palace Gardens, which at the time fell under the organisation’s remit.

Ray became park supervisor at Kensington Gardens in 1992, and took on responsibility for events of national importance, such as the management of the park during the funeral procession for HRH Diana Princess of Wales. And in August 1998 he was appointed manager of Bushy Park, where he has led a team over the last two decades.

During his tenure, Ray’s team has implemented several major transformative initiatives to protect the park’s natural environment and heritage, and to bring the community together through sporting and celebratory events, providing a vital local asset.

This includes delivering a major programme to restore and enhance Bushy Park between 2002 and 2011, part-funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and comprising 67 individual projects. This saw the restoration of the Upper Lodge Water gardens, a Baroque-style collection of pools, cascades, basins and a canal which had disappeared beneath undergrowth and silt during the 20th century; the restoration of The Diana Fountain, a bronze statue of the goddess on a marble and stone fountain; the creation of the Pheasantry Café and Welcome Centre, and the restoration of the park’s Woodland Gardens.

Ray’s leadership has ensured the natural environment of the park has gone from strength to strength, from the management of the park’s herd of wild deer to the management of the historic Longford River, constructed on the orders of Charles I to deliver water to Hampton Court.

Thanks to the team’s dedication, expertise and hard work, Bushy Park was officially recognised as being one of the most important places for wildlife in England: designated as a new Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England in 2015.

Ray’s efforts have made great strides in opening up the history of the park to the public. The park’s traditional celebrations of the first chestnut blossoms on Chestnut Sunday continue to be a popular attraction. And this year, the park marked the 75th anniversary of the role of Bushy Park in planning WW2’s D-Day.

Tom Jarvis, director of parks, The Royal Parks, said: “Ray and his team have made an enormous contribution to Bushy Park over the last two decades, ensuring that it is a treasured destination for locals and tourists seeking to engage in the park’s rich heritage and natural environment. Crucially, Ray has ensured that the community is always at the heart of the park, providing a park that is truly for the people: it was thanks to Ray’s vision that Parkrun started in Bushy Park in 2004 as a small community event, something that has flourished into a global phenomenon.

“We will miss Ray hugely, not only for his leadership, vision and dedication, but also as a wonderful colleague and friend. We wish him all the best for the future and a very happy retirement.”

A new manager for Bushy Park will be announced in due course.

————————————————————————————————-THE TOTEM POLE

Visitors to Bushy Park may not always discover the Canadian Totem Pole in the Canadian Glade in the Woodland Gardens. It was installed there on 1st July 1992, having been carved on site at The Stockyard by a First Nation family. It is a commemoration of how Canadian soldiers were cared for at Upper Lodge in Bushy Park during the First World war.

The story of its creation and installation featured at the time in a film on a BBC schools programme, Sight and Sound. Click here to go to the short film.

  • 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.

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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.

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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.