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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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Planting Primroses

Planting Primroses

Planting primroses in the Woodland Garden

On a crisp, sparkling November day a group of enthusiastic volunteers, all Friends of Bushy Park, met up at The Pheasantry, gardening gloves in hand, in anticipation of the task ahead – planting out primroses on the Woodland Gardens. Chattering away we all set off under the leadership of Chris Nickerson, responsible for the planting in the park, and made our way to the giant Gunnera glade in the further Woodland Garden, where multiple pots of primroses covered the bank waiting to be planted out. Collecting our implements from a wheelbarrow we set to work with gusto!

As we had had quite a bit of rain that week the ground was relatively soft and easy to dig, unlike the previous year where we needed a pickaxe to plant out all the daffodil and narcissi bulbs in Birch glade!

Happily immersed in our task, with a good deal of friendly banter going on, not to mention the odd interruption from amateur photographers taking pictures of the industrious planters at work for the “Friends’ magazine, we accomplished our task with ease in surprisingly quick time – “ many hands make light work” was the old saying that sprung to mind! And, of course, the pleasant weather made a difference, too.

Flushed with pleasure, we finished off with a group photograph and then retraced our steps back to The Pheasantry feeling very satisfied with our couple of hours work, and looking forward to seeing the fruits of our labours early the next year!

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.

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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.