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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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New Information Plaque - Giant Cogwheel, Yarrow Tank

New Information Plaque - Giant Cogwheel, Yarrow Tank

Giant cogwheel, Bushy Park. Photo by Geoff Lutpon 2 December 2011

The giant cogwheel, thought to be a gun emplacement some time ago, was part of the driving mechanism for the whirling arm at the former Admiralty Research Establishment. Part of some kit used to create conditions in a toroidal water tank to test torpedos and other weapons. One of the reasons Teddington’s National Physical Laboratory was a prime target during WW2. This relic is now tucked away in Bushy Park partially forgotten. In the area known as Donkey corner, Hampton Hill end.

Cogwheel noticeboard Bushy Park

In 1944 Bushy Park became Camp Griffiss, General Eisenhower’s SHAEF headquarters. It was a large base with tennis courts, two bowling alleys, a swimming pool and a small airstrip. It was one of the assembly points prior to D-Day. Only the tennis courts survive. Bombed out locals squatted the camp immediately after the war. Royal Parks wanted their park back, so the facilities were bulldozed.

Why we need more Friends

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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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Saturday, 29th Apr 10:30 am

A Nature trail in the Woodland Gardens on Saturday, 29th April

Latest report

On a beautifully sunny Saturday morning about 50 people turned up for the Ponds Walk in Bushy Park led by Jane Cliff.

Full report...

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.