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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.

Mushroom Picking and Celebrity Chefs

Park management (and the Friends) are concerned about the increasing quantities of fungi being taken from the Park, sometimes on an industrial scale. It is not clear why – it may be due to the increasing popularity of foraging for wild foods, which is promoted by some celebrity chefs – see the Guardian article.

Any picking of fungi or other autumn fruits has long been banned in the Royal Parks – you can read why in the Park Diary further down the page. The Royal Parks have a publicity campaign to explain the problem, which was featured in the Standard, Express and other papers – read here.

It was also featured in a very good 2-minute piece on ITV London News.

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Saturday, 1st Sep 11:00 am

WALK with Jill Sanders, “Molesey Riverside and Hurst Park”

Latest report

A perimeter walk of Home Park led by Nicholas Garbutt was enjoyed by over 45 people on 2nd September.

Full report...