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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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Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings

Annie Murray, Chair, FBHP

I do hope you all enjoyed a festive and restive Xmas.

2013 was a busy time; we attended many more local events which is a brilliant way of reaching a wider audience and introducing them to our work. We welcomed the opening of the newly refurbished Pheasantry, visitors seemed to have missed us and we hope to further improve our amenity in the New Year.

We bade a sad farewell to two long standing Friends, Geoff Price and Colin Paine, they are both missed. We also wish Ray Allen, gardener, a long happy retirement; a visit to the Water Gardens will not be the same without Ray’s friendly banter.

Looking towards the New Year we have several projects to tackle including the further restoration of the Water Gardens, and the Water Meadows, and the implementation of a new strategy for the tree avenues. We are also keenly aware of the looming budget cuts which mean there is increasing pressure on resources and a need to generate income.

Following the demerger of Richmond and Bushy Parks we will be welcoming a new manager, although sad to lose Simon Richards we are nonetheless delighted that it has been recognised that Bushy Park is an important entity deserving of its own management structure. STOP PRESS: We are absolutely delighted to learn that Ray Brodie is returning to us as Bushy Park manager.

There is a lot of work to be done and as always we welcome involvement from Friends, if a project appeals to you please do get in touch.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the committee and volunteers for all their invaluable help and support throughout the year, you are all stars.

A very happy 2014 to you all.

Annie Murray, Chair, FBHP

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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

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.