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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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October 2009

Photos and report by Pieter Morpurgo October 2009.

With only two weeks to go now before the bronzes are due to be brought back to Bushy Park, there is still much work to do at the restorers. The four sirens are nearing completion; the missing fingers and tails have been welded on and will now be coloured and waxed.

Bronze work nearing completion

Monster’s repaired tail
The boys are well on the way to being finished. Six coats of wax will be applied to every piece of bronze. Two of the coats use what is called a hot wax process. But in fact it is the metal that is heated and then the wax applied. As the metal cools it draws in the wax to give a water resistant coating and a deep burnished colour. The final process is a buff up with muslin cloths. The shells are being cleaned ready for waxing.

One of the boys getting the hot wax treatment
All the bronze apart from Diana will be returning to Bushy on 26th October. Diana will follow two or three weeks later. She has been gilded but is being kept in storage for all the size and paint layers to harden off.

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Walks & Talks

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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.

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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.

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