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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Bushy Park measures 1.5km (nearly a mile) from north to south and 3km from east to west. This traditional deer park, with its bracken, rough grassland and plantations, is complemented by formal avenues of lime and chestnut trees. There are ponds, streams and woodland gardens as well as sports pitches and a children’s playground.
Bushy Park is open at the pedestrian gates 24 hours except in September and November when deer culling takes place. These gates are then open from 08.00 until 22.30 Mondays to Fridays.
The Woodland Gardens gates open between 09.00 and 09.30 and close at dusk.
The Water Gardens are closed on Mondays and open on other days from 09.00 until dusk. On bank holiday Mondays they are open but closed the Tuesday after.
Vehicle gates are open from 06.30 until dusk, or until 19.00 in the winter.
There are several car parks in Bushy Park. These are shown on the Bushy Park map on The Royal Parks website https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/bushy-park/map-of-bushy-park.
There are disabled parking spaces at various points around the park which can be seen on The Royal Parks map.
On Saturday mornings the car parks are busy because of the weekly Park Run event.
There is also the Clapperstile car park, in Teddington alongside the National Physical Laboratory, which is very close to the park pedestrian gate.
Car parking on the roads, grasslands and verges is not permitted.
The Pheasantry café is the main location for food and drink. It is located in the centre of the park. It is open from 09.00 to 18.00 in the summer and 09.00 to 17.00 in the winter. It offers a range of hot and cold food, freshly baked cakes and drinks.
A kiosk for drinks and light snacks is also located by the Pheasantry, alongside the Friends’ Information Point, allowing dog walkers to obtain refreshments. Dogs are not permitted in the Woodland Gardens where the Pheasantry café is located. This kiosk is open at similar times to the main café, subject to weather conditions.
A water fountain to refresh dogs is located between the kiosk and the Information Point.
Another kiosk is located at the Diana Fountain car park, next to Heron Pond, where drinks and hot snacks are available. This is open from 08.30 until 18.00 in summer and 08.30 until 16.00 in winter, subject to weather conditions.
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.