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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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News archive

  • Change to Winter opening hours from 7th January & update

    The Information Point winter opening hours from Saturday 7th January to Sunday 26th February will be 11.30 am to 1.30 pm.

  • Carol singing at the Pheasantry cafe with The Quire

    Carol singing at the Pheasantry cafe with The Quire

    Carol singing at the Pheasantry

    Thames Ditton’s The Quire sang carols and festive music at the Pheasantry cafe in the Woodland Gardens on Saturday

  • Appointment of new Historic Royal Palaces Chief Executive

    Appointment of new Historic Royal Palaces Chief Executive

    John Barnes, Director of Conservation and Learning at Historic Royal Palaces has been appointed Chief Executive of the Royal Palaces.

  • A vicious fight that conkers can't win

    Britain’s beloved horse chestnut tree is in danger of disappearing from our parks forever.

  • John Farndon

    John Farndon

    John Farndon

    It is with great sadness that we have recently learnt of the sad and unexpected death of John Farndon , a much loved and respected local gentleman who was Chair of the Friends between 1997-2000.

  • Photographers of deer.

    In October the Times and Telegraph both carried photos of the deer rut, contributing to the visitors coming to see it.

    See the newspaper photos here. We are increasingly concerned about the numbers of people coming from even long distances (the rut featured in the Ilford local newspaper and there are photography trips organised from various parts of London promising to ‘get up close and personal’ with the deer). The deer are getting stressed and there is an accident waiting to happen. This is not a new phenomenon. See the Times article on 5 November last year here

  • Hyde Park: Building starts on £5m mega-nursery the size of a football pitch

    A new £5 million mega-nursery the size of a football pitch is to be built at London’s Hyde Park.

  • The Friends bid a fond farewell to Head Gardener Chris Nickerson

    The Friends bid a fond farewell to Head Gardener Chris Nickerson

    Planting team photo

    On Saturday a small hardy group of Friends successfully planted over 1000 daffodils in a newly created bed (post Rhododendron Ponitcum removal) in the Pheasantry Woodlands.

  • A note to all fishermen

    Last Sunday John Lock along with another regular visitor to Home Park made a distressing discovery.

  • Field Studies Council courses 2017

    Field Studies Council courses 2017

    The Field Studies Council have announced their latest Natural History courses, many of which are based in Bushy Park. These day courses for adults cover subjects ranging from bird watching to insect identification and trees in winter.

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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Friday, 7th Apr 6:00 pm

The HWA and the Friends of Hampton Wick Library are proud to present an illustrated talk by Roland Wales about the fascinating life of R C Sherriff, Hampton Wick’s celebrated playwright, Hollywood screenwriter and World War One hero.

Latest report

Over 50 people took part in the Deer Walk in Bushy Park on 3rd September 2016.

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Information Point

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.