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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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Teddington named among the Sunday Times best places to live

Teddington has been named as one of the best places to live in London in a top ten to be published in the Sunday Times, reports the Twickenham Tribune.

On hearing the news, Sheen Harold of the Teddington Society was thrilled that Teddington is on the list: “Wow, that’s brilliant. Of course I think Teddington’s the BEST place to live since I live here! It has everything. We’re tucked between the River with the famous Lock and Bushy Park with all the wildlife and activities. Our shopping High Street is full of specialised independents and we have several surrounding streets with everything a household could need. Lots of good schools and a vibrant community. What more could you want?”

Ten London locations have been named among the Best Places to Live in Britain by The Sunday Times. The accolade comes in part two of The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide, which is published on Sunday March 19. The supplements assess a wide range of factors, from jobs, exam results and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops in order to compile the definitive top locations to make your home.

The methodology relies on hard data and robust statistics on crime and education, but also on expert knowledge from The Sunday Times judging panel. The judges combine the numbers with their own experience of the villages, towns and cities, such as local pubs, ease of transport and the range of attractive property to ensure the chosen locations truly are places where readers and their families can thrive.

The Sunday Times Best Places to Live in London: Barnes, Bermondsey, Bloomsbury, Canonbury, The City, Crystal Palace, Muswell Hill, Peckham, Teddington and Walthamstow
NB: The above list does not represent the ranking order for the city

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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

Friday, 7th Apr 6:00 pm

The HWA and the Friends of Hampton Wick Library are proud to present an illustrated talk by Roland Wales about the fascinating life of R C Sherriff, Hampton Wick’s celebrated playwright, Hollywood screenwriter and World War One hero.

Latest report

Over 50 people took part in the Deer Walk in Bushy Park on 3rd September 2016.

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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.