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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 in World War I exhibition "... into the Peace"

The Royal Parks in World War I exhibition

TRP WWI exhibition

Open between Friday 29 and Sunday 31 March 2019 from 10am until 4pm. To be held in the Wren House, Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road SW3 4SR. Enter by Chelsea Gate, on Royal Hospital Road, adjacent to the National Army Museum.

A free exhibition describing, through images, talks, art, living history and commemoration, the role that the Royal Parks and Royal Hospital Chelsea played during the First World War and the transition to peace time. All are welcome.

On each day at 2pm there will be a talk by a guest speaker:

29 March – Chris Taft, Head of Collections at The Postal Museum, will talk about the postal service in World War I and the Home Depot in The Regent’s Park.

30 March – Graham Dillamore, Estates Operations Manager at Hampton Court Palace, will talk on the making of the ‘Battlefields to Butterflies’ garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018.

31 March – Sophie Seifalian, London Parks and Gardens Trust, will speak about commemoration and the shrine movement in London.

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...