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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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Royal Parks consultation on commercial skating instructors

The Royal Parks are now consulting on whether to permit commercial skating instructors. The consultation specifically relates to those teaching people how to skate in the parks, for commercial gain. For the purposes of the consultation, “skating” includes the use of any foot propelled devices, including roller blades, roller skates, freeline skates, roller skis, scooters and skateboards/waveboards.

The consultation is open to everyone and they are keen to hear a wide range of views, including skaters and non-skaters.They are also running a temporary registration scheme for commercial skating instructors, enabling them to them to apply for permission to operate in the parks pending the outcome of our consultation. The registration scheme closes on 31st October.

For more details, click here

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Friday, 27th Sep 8:00 pm

Talk: Eel Pie Island : Boatyards and Bands by Celia Holman of the Eel Pie Island Museum

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...