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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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Chair's Update for November

Chair's Update for November

Annie Murray, Chair

You will all be relieved to know that the parks did not suffer too badly in the storm, although, sadly there were a few tree casualties notably at Heron Pond and adjacent to Hampton Hill Cricket Club. I think it was very wise of the Bushy Park management to close the park although there were quite a few baffled dogs, mine included.

The water levels are very low at the moment as you can witness in the Water Gardens where the cascade is not running well. This is a result of leaves blocking drainage at the Heathrow end of the Longford.

You may notice a stag with a metal accessory attached to his antlers. The park management is aware of this and monitoring the situation. He doesn’t seem to be distressed and is eating normally. He may well have to wait until spring when he losses his antlers to free himself of this detritus.

I had an anxious moment in the Water Gardens at the weekend when I noticed “missing” metal reeds luckily they were in the water, they are back in place now but the gardens are closed at the moment as the big plane tree is being monitored post the storm for damage.
Do take a look at the new interpretation boards which are now in place at Boating Pond, the Woodland Gardens and on the way to the children’s playground.

We are planting bulbs on Saturday 2nd November in the Woodland Gardens, meeting at the Pheasantry at 11.00am; we also plan to visit the new nursery with Chris Nickerson. Do come along, many hands make light work; tools provided but bring your own gloves.

Looking forward to getting into the festive spirit and hopefully will see some of you at Teddington Lights on 28th November and Hampton Hill Lights on 29th November. We will be selling our unique calendar and Christmas cards, which are also available from the Pheasantry.

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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.

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