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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Colin became Chair in March 2016. He is a volunteer at our Visitor Information Point at The Pheasantry in Bushy Park. A resident of Hampton for over 40 years he has long enjoyed the parks with his family and friends. A career in IT spent largely in central government and in the private sector caused him to appreciate the fresh air and natural open spaces which these parks provide. He hopes to ensure future generations have the same enjoyment.
Pieter Morpurgo, President
Pieter joined the Friends in the early 1990s, but was only able to take an active part in the group after retirement. He organised the Walks and Talks for five years, and was Chairman from 2007 – 2012. Now in his role as President, much of his time is spent in liaising with the Royal Parks, Historic Royal Palaces and other local organisations to keep the Parks as we all like them; and raising objections, when required, to building developments which may have an adverse effect on the parks.
Barry Purdon has been elected by the Trustees to fill the vacant post of Vice Chair from March 2017. Barry is also the Appeals Coordinator. He identifies potential projects and funding needed for items which are appropriate for the Friends to provide or support. He liaises with the management of the two parks in order to determine proposals and then prioritises them for consideration and agreement by the Friends committee with his recommendations. In the event of a major appeal he produces a proposal and plan for the members to consider.
Rosemary is responsible for organising the Volunteers’ rota for staffing the Friends’ Information Point at the new Pheasantry Welcome Centre which is open from 11am to 3pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. We run two shifts, from 11am to 1pm and from 1pm to 3pm and if you think this is something you would be interested in joining, or would like some more information about the Centre or the Information Point, please contact Rosemary.
John was appointed as Treasurer at the AGM in 2013, he formerly worked for the National Audit Office and is now enjoying his retirement.
Jean is the official Secretary on the committee of Trustees, in effect our Company Secretary. She is also our former Membership Secretary, having filled that role for 10 years but stood down in March 2017.
Iris ensures that we have an accurate record of all our committee and trustee meetings including the AGM.
Jane joined the committee in 2008 and organises the very successful various walks and talks throughout the year. She is always keen to hear from members as to whether they would like any specific topics to be included or indeed if they would like to suggest a speaker or lead a walk.
A long serving committee member and past Chairman, Owen is able to add a historical context to everything we do as well as providing much support for all our current projects.
Annie is a past Chair, being elected in March 2012, but stepped down in 2016, following which she continued as Vice-Chair for a year. She has been involved in publicity and organising local events as well as representing the Friends and liaising with other local groups and Royal Parks management to ensure that we protect our valuable heritage.
David and Claire are avid supporters of the park and provide a lot of their time to The Friends of Bushy and Home Park as well as working with The Royal Parks Guild. They are responsible for the editing and distribution of the Newsletter. David also acts as our official photographer.
Pat Dickinson is the Membership Secretary. She took up this role in March 2017. Pat is an invited member of the committee but not currently a Trustee.
The Royal Parks (TRP) – Bushy Park
The Royal Parks is currently a government agency coming under the Department for Culture Media and Sports. It manages the eight royal parks including Bushy Park together with other green spaces in London. It is becoming a charity in Spring 2017 contracted by government to maintain and provide public access to the Royal Parks.
Ray Brodie is the Bushy Park Manager.
Ray attends the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks committee meetings for liaison purposes.
Bill Swan is the Assistant Manager of Bushy Park.
Stockyard (admin centre), Peter Nacmanson is the office manager. Phone number: 020 8979 1586
Police Constable Stephen Christmas is the police officer responsible for the park. Phone number: 07920 586546
Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) – Home Park
Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity whose remit includes Hampton Court Palace together with Home Park.
Terry Gough MVO is Head of Estates and Gardens at Hampton Court Palace.
Nicholas Mallory Garbutt is the Tree and Wildlife Conservation Manager for Historic Royal Palaces at Home Park.
Nicholas attends Friends of Bushy and Home Parks committee meetings for liaison purposes.
A sub-group of the Committee, comprising the Charity’s trustees, is responsible for oversight and all significant decisions regarding Friends’ policies and finances.
We are always delighted to hear from members, please do get in touch, and let us know what we are doing well and what you would like to see in the future.
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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A Nature trail in the Woodland Gardens on Saturday, 29th April
On a beautifully sunny Saturday morning about 50 people turned up for the Ponds Walk in Bushy Park led by Jane Cliff.Full report...
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.