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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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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.

————————————————————————————————-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.

  • 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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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Friday, 25th Oct 8:00 pm

The history of Feltham’s Ponds: the Three Jewels in Feltham’s Crown by Angela Patton

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.