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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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2012 Appeal - The restoration of the Home Park water meadows

There is a plan to restore the water meadows in Home Park and the Friends were approached by Jason Debney of the Thames Landscape Strategy team to be involved in this exciting project.

A little-known channel runs parallel to the Thames from the west end of Kingston Bridge towards the golf club. This is fed from the Long Water and it then discharges into the river via three channels (only one of which is operational at present).

The fields on either side provide grazing for carriage horses. The whole system was originally created around 400 years ago, when it would have been dug by a large labour force of local people. An initial survey has been complemented by the experimental restoration of 20 or so yards of stream, deepening it and planting reeds along the bank.

The TLS has already raised funding of around £100,000 for the project, but the Friends’ contribution would help to “put some icing on the cake”, we are keen to provide a display board to explain what exists on the ground or possibly a bench.

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

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.