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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 Information Point - Appeal

You will be familiar with the Information Point that the Friends operate in conjunction with The Royal Parks charity at the Pheasantry Café in Bushy Park. It is well-used by visitors, but the space has proved to be inadequate, especially in the winter when we are more often restricted to providing our service inside because of the weather. We are pleased to tell you that The Royal Parks have received planning permission to provide the Friends with a new, enlarged space as part of their upgrading of the units adjoining the café. It is hoped to complete the work by Easter 2019. It will enable us to provide a better service to visitors through assistance, information and education, so that they can more fully enjoy the parks.

While The Royal Parks will provide the building infrastructure, it will be the Friends’ responsibility to pay for fitting it out with office furnishings and equipment suitable for the needs of a modern, well-equipped visitor centre including a dedicated children’s learning area. It will include a small barrow that will replace the portable picnic tables we use for our nature displays. The artist’s impressions (courtesy of MAA architects, Teddington) shown in the rolling header on this website give an idea of what we are planning.

Please will you consider donating to our Appeal to fund this project? We have a target of £15,000 over the next six months.You can donate in the following ways:

Online via our donations webpage https://mydonate.bt.com/events/fbhpinformationpoint/478056

Bank transfer to Branch 60-21-17 account no. 37403842 and quote “Info [your name]” as reference.

Cheque payable to “Friends of Bushy and Home Parks” quote “IP Appeal” on the reverse and send it to: The Treasurer, FBHP, 7 Gloucester Road, Hampton, TW12 2UQ.

Cash or cheque at the Information Point.

Your generosity will be very much appreciated as we create this significant asset to Bushy Park. If the Appeal is oversubscribed, we intend to use the surplus for the ongoing work of the Friends and we accept your kind donation on this basis.

  • Bushy Park voted best park

    Bushy Park voted best park

    LDN NationalParkCity

    Bushy Park has won a public vote for people’s favourite green space, held by National Park City.

  • New plans for the 'Jolly Boatman' and Hampton Court station now lodged at EBC

    The new year has begun with the submission of Alexpo’s plans for the comprehensive redevelopment of the ‘Jolly Boatman’ site and Hampton Court Station.

  • Support FBHP's Information Point Appeal at Waitrose Hampton

    Support FBHP's Information Point Appeal at Waitrose Hampton

    Information Point Appeal

    For all of January 2019, Waitrose Hampton are supporting our Appeal for the new Information Point at Bushy Park as one of their three local charitable causes. Waitrose Hampton donate £500 each month in this way.

  • Something did get you in the festive mood

    We enjoyed welcoming the Quire to the Pheasantry on Saturday 22nd December. They performed festive songs and carols at 11.30 and 12.30.

    Some mulled wine and mince pies helped things along.

    We were delighted that many park visitors stopped and listened some joined in and many generously gave us donations for our appeal. Thank you to all who contributed.

    The performance by the Quire is becoming something of a Christmas tradition in the park. Their singing brings warmth and happiness to a wintry scene. We hope to welcome them again in 2019.

  • New venue for our Walks and Talks

    New venue for our Walks and Talks

    Normansfield Theatre

    We are delighted to announce our new programme of Walks and Talks for 2019 and to welcome you to a new venue for our Talks.

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.

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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Friday, 25th Jan 8:00 pm

Talk by Ian Jones-Healy “Dr John Langdon Down and the history of Normansfield“.

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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.