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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

  • 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.

  • Ticks and Lyme disease

    Ticks and Lyme disease

    Tick

    Ticks are small creatures related to spiders and mites and feed on the blood of humans, dogs and other animals. They cannot jump or fly, so they cling onto vegetation and wait until host brushes past to attach to their skin. Whilst the risk is very low, they may transmit Lyme’s disease.

  • Oak Processionary Moth

    Oak Processionary Moth

    Oak Processionary Moth

    June is the time of year when the caterpillars of this non-native invasive Moth are on the move and may be seen “processing” around the trunk or branches of oak trees.

  • Hampton Wick Big Picnic

    Hampton Wick Big Picnic

    Hampton Wick Big Picnic

    Come along to the King’s Field to join in the fun at the Hampton Wick Big Picnic on 11th June, 12-3pm.

  • Evening walk in the Woodland Gardens

    Evening walk in the Woodland Gardens

    Evening Walk Woodland Gardens

    Pippa Hyde led a group of 30 plus on a lovely, tranquil evening walk in the Woodland Gardens.

  • Great British Bee Count - Join the buzz and help Britain’s bees

    Great British Bee Count - Join the buzz and help Britain’s bees

    Friends of the Earth is running the Great British Bee Count, which runs until 30 June

  • News from the Hampton Wick Association

    Last year, the Hampton Wick Association set up the Friends of Hampton Wick Library to ensure that people in the area are aware of Hampton Wick Library and make good use of it.

  • Have you heard of Cobbler's Walk?

    Have you heard of Cobbler's Walk?

    Google maps had mistakenly labelled a large portion of Cobbler’s Walk in Bushy Park as ‘Nightingale Lane’, but have now rectified this error.

  • Dog walking warning

    Dog walking warning

    Dog walkers are being warned to take extra care and consider avoiding Richmond and Bushy Parks over the next few months during the deer birthing season.

  • Richmond Park midsummer horse-drawn carriage rides

    Richmond Park midsummer horse-drawn carriage rides

    Operation Centaur

    This Summer, Operation Centaur have teamed up with The Royal Parks to bring you a six-person Park Brake drawn by our majestic Shire Horses, allowing you to experience Richmond Park like never before.

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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 21st Sep 6:22 pm

Nature trail in the Woodland Gardens

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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.