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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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Happy New Year to all visitors

In 2018 the two parks will be wonderful places to visit again. Make the most of them and respect the flora and fauna by treading lightly during your visit. Leave nothing behind that you brought in and take nothing away that is part of the parks.

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.

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

Thursday, 25th Jan 8:00 pm

Talk by Iggy Tavares ‘Encounters in Bushy Park – a photographic record’

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 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.