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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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Redevelopment of the Pheasantry Centre

Redevelopment of the Pheasantry Centre

Plans for the redeveloped Pheasantry Centre

ECSI, the contractor which operates the cafe in the Pheasantry Centre, is planning to redevelop the Centre. Here they explain more about their plans:

Since the opening of the Pheasantry Welcome Centre three years ago the success of the café has exceeded the most optimistic expectations. Early this year The Royal Parks tendered the contact for the catering provision at the Pheasantry Café in Bushy Park, and Roehampton Gate Café in Richmond Park. ECSI are very proud to announce that we have been awarded a seven year contact to continue providing the catering service at these two locations along with the mobile catering units in both parks.

The re-tendering process has allowed ECSI to go back to the drawing board and design the café to best suit the customers’ needs and at the same time solve layout issues. Our focus was to make full use of underused areas such as the community room and other dead void spaces and redevelop the cafe based on a multiple-service points design which would expand the centres capacity to meet the diverse expectations of the multi-faceted customer profile paying particular regard for speed of service, production, quality of food, and customer comfort.

Our architect was set the challenge to transform the Pheasantry Welcome Centre in to a truly outstanding piece of architecture that blends seamlessly into its surroundings whilst significantly enhancing its immediate sitting in the woodlands.

When approaching the Welcome Centre from the car park visitors are now greeted by the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks information point. A new roof is being created to provide cover for visitors whilst seeking information from the front window, to the side (currently the Bike Park) double doors will open out on to a designated area allowing visitors to access information about Bushy Park without having to enter the café.

In the next newly created aperture (currently a void space) a kiosk will be built, serving out into the picnic area and internally into the family room, creating two new service points to take the pressure of the main café at peak times. The kiosk will be serving barista style coffee, cakes, freshly made sandwiches and delicious ice cream. Three pagodas are being created over the picnic benches to provide additional external covered seating.

The main entrance has moved and customers now enter directly into the community and family room. This space has been designed with children in mind with a black board and grass look and textured vinyl floor.

The main café will be a light and welcoming space, the counter has changed location and is now on the back wall, pulling customer to the back of the café (no longer queuing out the door). The new menu is designed with a family appeal, offering stoned baked pizza, fresh cakes and sandwiches, and a seasonal dish of the day.

As well as reconfiguring the inside of the welcome centre a small extension to the rear is being built to accommodate the café back of house facilities. The front of the building, looking out over the woodland gardens is also being extended slightly to provide increased internal seating. Finished off with beautiful box hedging, the Welcome Centre will now sit perfectly in the landscape.

Works are due to start the early January 2013 with the aim of being completed early march open in time for Easter half term. During this time a mobile coffee kiosk will be on site providing a limited menu.

Article by ECSI

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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.