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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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Visitor Satisfaction Research 2019

Visitor Satisfaction Research 2019

Every four years, The Royal Parks commissions a piece of research which looks at visitor satisfaction levels across the parks. Conducted by leading research company, Ipsos MORI, the most recent round took place between August 2017 and September 2018, when 2,787 randomly-selected park visitors were interviewed in the parks. The full report will be published on our website on 7th March 2019.

Visitors, particularly those who live locally, remain extremely positive about the parks, with 96% of all respondents rating the overall quality of the parks as excellent or good. Some of the highlights of the research show:

• 94% rate the quality of the natural environment as excellent or good
• 91% rate the tidiness and cleanliness of the parks as excellent or good
• 99% of visitors feel very or quite safe in the parks

The majority of people visit the parks to experience nature (96%), and for peace and quiet (94%). When asked what additional information they would like about the parks, 20% of people would like more information about the history, 14% would like to know more about the nature, and 12% would like to find out more about what’s on.

Finding out about the parks is primarily done online, but there is also a demand for better and more detailed signage around the parks. Lower scores in this particular area were consistent across all parks, and this is something that we will start to address in our 2019-2020 plans, as part of a larger strategy to improve visitor experience in the parks.

Thank you to anyone who took part in these surveys. Understanding what it is about the parks that people enjoy, and what additional information they would like, is invaluable information for us as guardians of these unique spaces. It allows us to plan more effectively, ensure our resources are used in the right way, and balance the needs of our visitors with the sensitive and sustainable conservation of these heritage landscapes.

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Saturday, 7th Sep 7:30 pm

Bat walk with John Tovey from the London Bat Group

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...