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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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What we do

Formally, according to our constitution, The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks exist to ensure the preservation, promotion, support, assistance and improvement of Bushy Park and Home Park.

To those ends we promote the public enjoyment and knowledge of the two parks.

We do this through conserving and protecting their characters, history, heritage, wildlife, habitats, woodlands, grasslands and gardens. We promote free public access. We represent users of the parks, liaising with those responsible for their management and financing. We advocate and campaign to influence changes in the law or public policy as these affect the parks. We raise funds for projects to maintain or restore the fabric and features of the parks.

We try to ensure the parks remain beautiful, peaceful, green spaces that can be enjoyed and respected by all.

The Friends watch over the Parks and their wildlife, reporting problems and encouraging improvements. We liaise with park managers and police. The Friends’ committee considers proposals for development in and around the Parks, opposing planning applications for structures that would spoil the views from the Parks or their rural character.

We promote awareness of the historic and environmental significance of the Parks through a programme of talks and walks, presented or led by experts in their fields. Access to these events is free to everyone, although donations are always welcome. Volunteers from the Friends staff the Visitor Centre at the Pheasantry.

An important part of The Friends work is raising money to improve the Parks, and our Appeals raise money for particular practical projects. For example, we held an appeal to furnish the interior of the Visitor Centre, commissioning a unique design aimed at enthusing and intriguing visitors to the parks. We have funded aspects of the Water Gardens restoration, new tree and shrub plantings, interpretation boards, a Barn Owl Manor and Bat boxes.

The Friends History

The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks was founded in 1990 as a response to plans to cut down and replant the historic Chestnut Avenue in Bushy Park. There was a public outcry at this threat to the Park’s most conspicuous and historic feature.

We were instrumental in promoting the restoration of the Water Gardens – a project that eventually became a keystone in the more extensive Bushy Park Restoration of recent years.

An early initiative was in support of the revival of the Chestnut Sunday Parade that was so popular at the turn of the nineteenth century.

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

Friday, 27th Sep 8:00 pm

Talk: Eel Pie Island : Boatyards and Bands by Celia Holman of the Eel Pie Island Museum

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.