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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

  • Royal Parks in World War I.

    Royal Parks in World War I.

    Troops of the Army Cyclists Corps advancing along a road during training in Richmond Park,

    To commemorate the WWI centenary, The Royal Parks will be exploring the Parks’ First World War history through a programme of events, community and school activities and research from May 2017 to early 2020.

  • NPL Open day at Bushy House

    NPL Open day at Bushy House

    Open House London

    On Sunday 17 September 2017, NPL is opening Bushy House to the public as part of the Open House London weekend. Normally, Bushy House can only be viewed from the beautiful Bushy Park, but this day offers visitors the chance to glimpse inside the house, which dates back to the 1660s.

  • Parks: Our Shared Heritage

    There is an exhibition opening at the Mall Galleries entitled Parks: Our Shared Heritage.

    A multimedia exploration of the rich and previously hidden heritage of these unique parks, from their creation as Royal hunting grounds to the much loved public parks we see today.

    This exciting new collaboration between The Royal Parks, the Office of Public Works and The Hearsum Collection will reveal many of the wonderful stories of these parks and show how they have gradually evolved to meet ever changing needs.

    The exhibition is on display at Mall Galleries from Thursday 27 July to Friday 11 August 2017.

    It is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00, and admission is free. Please notes that the exhibition will close at 12:30pm on 3 August.

  • FBHP 2017 Summer Party

    FBHP 2017 Summer Party

    On 14 July 2017 the Friends held their summer party at the Pheasantry café.

  • Walks and Talks Reports

    Walks and Talks Reports – Thursday 27th April and Thursday 22nd June

  • Dukes Head Passage

    The Royal Parks have announced their decision regarding Dukes Head Passage on their website this afternoon.

  • Mission: Invertebrate

    This summer The Royal Parks will be holding Mission Invertebrate: family days of fun to help visitors understand more about they grassland minibeasts living in the parks.

  • Brexit for Bees

    Brexit for Bees

    Photo of bee (by Twickenham Tribune)

    As we know, bees are very important in the food chain pollinating one-third of what we eat and food for livestock. They also pollinate the habitats of wildlife: insects, birds and other animals.

  • Love Parks Week

    Love Parks Week

    Keep Britain Tidy

    Keep Britain Tidy is sponsoring a national love your park week

  • Exhibition on Royal Parks’ history

    Exhibition on Royal Parks’ history

    The Royal Parks is hosting a new exhibition on the history of the Royal Parks in London and Phoenix Park in Dublin, which was also a Royal Park until Irish independence.

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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 23rd Nov 8:00 pm

The Royal Parks in the Great War. Talk by David Ivison

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Walks and Talks Reports – Thursday 27th April and Thursday 22nd June

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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.