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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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The Royal Parks Guild Awards

The Royal Parks Guild Awards

3 recipients – Nicholas, in the middle Anthony and far right Dick

The Royal Parks Guild annual awards were held at Hampton Court Palace on January 20th 2017. Mike Fit , Chair of the Guild and Paul Gray , Palaces Group Director, presented the awards.

Nicholas Garbutt, Tree and Wildlife Conservation Manager, Historic Royal Palaces, was awarded The Jeanette Lawton Bowl for his very considerable achievements including completing a biodiversity strategy to continue Historic Royal Palaces plans to manage the Hampton Court Palace estate in an environmental sustainable way.

Anthony Boulding , Horticultural Manager , Gardens&Estate Hampton Court Palace received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Anthony started work in the gardens at Hampton Court Palace in 1973 as a Royal Parks apprentice and during the last two decades he has played a significant role in assisting with several, high profile, garden restoration projects at Hampton Court such as the Lower Orangery Garden and The Kitchen Garden.

Dick Farr, Foreman, Isabella Plantation , Richmond Park received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Dick began his career with The Royal Parks in 1975 . For the past six years Dick has played a key role in assisting with the development and delivery of the HLF funded Isabella Plantation Access Project. Recently, Dick was presented with the RHS medal and certificate in recognition of his 40 years’ service to horticulture.

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Saturday, 2nd Sep 11:00 am

Latest report

Pippa Hyde led a group of 30 plus on a lovely, tranquil evening walk in the Woodland Gardens.

Full report...