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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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  • Season's Greetings

    Season's Greetings

    Annie Murray, Chair, FBHP

    I do hope you all enjoyed a festive and restive Xmas.

    2013 was a busy time; we attended many more local events which is a brilliant way of reaching a wider audience and introducing them to our work. We welcomed the opening of the newly refurbished Pheasantry, visitors seemed to have missed us and we hope to further improve our amenity in the New Year.

    We bade a sad farewell to two long standing Friends, Geoff Price and Colin Paine, they are both missed. We also wish Ray Allen, gardener, a long happy retirement; a visit to the Water Gardens will not be the same without Ray’s friendly banter.

    Looking towards the New Year we have several projects to tackle including the further restoration of the Water Gardens, and the Water Meadows, and the implementation of a new strategy for the tree avenues. We are also keenly aware of the looming budget cuts which mean there is increasing pressure on resources and a need to generate income.

    Following the demerger of Richmond and Bushy Parks we will be welcoming a new manager, although sad to lose Simon Richards we are nonetheless delighted that it has been recognised that Bushy Park is an important entity deserving of its own management structure. STOP PRESS: We are absolutely delighted to learn that Ray Brodie is returning to us as Bushy Park manager.

    There is a lot of work to be done and as always we welcome involvement from Friends, if a project appeals to you please do get in touch.

    Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the committee and volunteers for all their invaluable help and support throughout the year, you are all stars.

    A very happy 2014 to you all.

    Annie Murray, Chair, FBHP

  • 2013 President’s Report

    2013 President’s Report

    Pieter Morpurgo, President, FBHP

    FBHP has had another good year. Our membership is stable at around 1000 members, and your contributions and donations have given us the opportunity to support both parks.

    Among many projects, we have helped the Stud Nursery in Home Park with the gift of a new bench and provided the trees for the creation of a new orchard. We held our annual summer party there with well over 100 members enjoying the surroundings and excellent refreshments provided by members of the committee.

    In Bushy Park your generosity has provided money for three information boards; one to the west of Heron Pond; one by the playground and the other in the Woodland Gardens near Triss’s Pond.

    A dozen of us planted 5000 bulbs during a morning in November. They are in Birch Glade in the Waterhouse Gardens.

    We have had an excellent series of walks and talks and thank all the speakers who so generously gave their time. They are a crucial part of FBHP.

    I wish all our members a very Happy New Year and hope that you all continue to enjoy the parks and the benefits of being a member of The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks.

    Pieter Morpurgo

  • Ray Brodie Returns to Bushy

    It has been announced that Ray Brodie is to return to Bushy Park as Park Manager in the spring.

  • FBHP at Hampton Lights Up

    FBHP at Hampton Lights Up

    The FBHP at Hampton 2013

    <p>The Friends were out in force at the Hampton Lights Up event this year. As well as raising the profile of the <span class=“caps”>FBHP</span> and signing up new members, we had enormous fun as you can see from these photos.</p>

  • Bushy Park Opening Hours 2014

    Click here to view the 2014 opening hours for Bushy Park.

  • Friends Daffodil Planting

    Friends Daffodil Planting

    At last it's time for coffee!

    A big thank you to all the Friends who turned up to plant daffodils in the Woodland Gardens, 5000 in total, although it felt like more!

    We look forward to enjoying the display come spring.

  • FBHP interpretation boards

    FBHP interpretation boards

    Simon Richards, Park Manager, at the Boating Pond

    <p>The interpretation boards kindly funded by generous donations from Friends are now in place in Bushy Park.</p>

  • Chair's Update for November

    Chair's Update for November

    Annie Murray, Chair

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  • Bushy House Open Weekend

    Bushy House and Gardens will be open to the public as part of the London Open House Weekend.

  • A Warm Welcome to the FBHP Website

    A quick update for early autumn:

    Deer in the parks – we can’t say this too often it seems, but even in the last week I have noticed a change in the demeanour of the deer; having been placid for the last few months the hormones are kicking in. Please do take care with dogs around the deer and encourage others to do so. My “boys” totally ignore them but I still put their leads on and keep my distance.

    The leaves are already coming off a variety of trees. This is partly due to the drought conditions. Shedding leaves conserves the amount of water they use. The full extent of this year’s drought will not be apparent until spring / summer 2014. The browning seen in the Horse Chestnuts is as a result of a Leaf Miner whose larvae burrow between the leaf laminae causing premature death. Because next years buds are already formed, it does not impact on the long term survival of these trees.

    A reminder that on 26th September Dr Tom Greeves will be giving us a talk on Exploring the Archaeology of Bushy Park 20 Years Ago at the usual venue St John Ambulance Hall, Park Road, Teddington. Come along for a drink and a chat from 7.15pm.

    Royal Parks Foundation Ultra run takes place on Sunday 6th October, and finishes in Upper Lodge car park, Bushy Park. RPF are looking for people to help manage the event they will provide a full briefing, t-shirt and food for volunteers. Further information is in our news section. To get involved please email info@royalparksultra.com

    And finally the committee works hard on behalf of its members but it is mindful that within the membership there will exist very different opinions and responses to situations that arise. In respect of planning applications we would always encourage individuals to express their own opinions, we will endeavour to make you aware of any planning applications that we think may be of interest.

    Annie Murray, Chair, FBHP

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