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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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Future of policing in the Royal Parks

We understand that the Mayor of London’s Office has submitted a bid to the Home Office for funding which will replace existing policing arrangements. We have not been informed or consulted. This is very disappointing given that the requirements of both Richmond and Bushy (outer London parks) are very different from those of the central London parks. There is already a minimal police presence in Bushy, as there is little crime and disorder, and officers are regularly abstracted to duties in central London. Our priority is to ensure that park regulations are enforced; such as protection of wildlife and the fabric of the park, plus speeding cars. Both Richmond and Bushy Friends groups have long advocated the introduction of wardens/rangers with appropriate powers. We have responded jointly to the recent announcements and involved local MPs, sharing our thoughts on a preferable policing model.

I know that many of you share our concerns and we will keep you up to date when we have feedback to our submissions. The document is available by clicking Royal Parks stakeholder consultation.

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Latest report

On Saturday 8 June 2019 from 11am to 3pm members of the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks will be at the SHAEF memorial (near SHAEF Gate) and at Teddington Gate to help you envisage the scene 75 years ago when General Dwight D Eisenhower and his staff in Bushy Park were planning the campaign to liberate occupied Europe.

Full report...