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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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“Friends to nature – the wonder of bees”

“Friends to nature – the wonder of bees”

Asian Hornet info

We had a very interesting talk last Thursday on bees by Kate Canning – they have hives in Bushy and produce honey that we sell at the Info Point.

She highlighted the problem of the Asian Hornet – Vespa Velutina. It is the Asian Hornet and it is now with us, having arrived from France. It is a specialised honeybee predator and it is voracious as French beekeepers know to their cost.
Asian hornets have a direct impact on honey bee colonies by killing honey bees and honey bee brood to feed their own brood larvae. Asian hornets also have an indirect impact on hive health by causing honey bees to spend time and energy mounting a defence to the constant threat of attack and thereby inhibit foraging activities. This in turn decreases the productivity of the honey bee colony, which not only leads to reduced honey and pollen reserves, but also puts at risk the developing brood and the ability of the hive to provide effective pollination services.

The RHS asks that people email any Asian Hornet sightings to RHS

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 22nd Nov 8:00 pm

TALK by John Sheaf, “Bushy Park and the surrounding area in old photographs”

Latest report

On the morning of Saturday 3 November a group of members of the Friends assisted Sharon Evans, the Bushy Park Head Gardener, in planting an area of the Woodland Gardens.

Full report...