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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.

We are always pleased to receive feedback. You can contact us by clicking here.

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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.

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.

Full report...

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.