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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Home Park covers an area of about 750 acres (303.5 ha). It is bordered by the formal gardens of Hampton Court Palace, a walled road between Hampton Court and Kingston Bridge, and Barge Walk running alongside a bend of the River Thames. The present outstanding features of the Park are its great avenues of lime trees radiating out from the Palace for around three quarters of a mile towards the east. In the centre of these runs the Long Water, which at its eastern end now contains the Jubilee Fountain. There is also a Cross Avenue perpendicular to, and at the eastern end of, the Long Water. The avenues and Long Water form a coherent geometry with the formal Palace gardens.
The park is open to the public.
All-year-round pedestrian access to Home Park is provided via Kingston Gate and Paddock Gate, both located on Hampton Court Road, and via Ditton Gate, Surbiton Passage Gate and Jubilee Gate, all three located along Barge Walk. The gates are open from 07.00 to 21.00 (April to September)and from 07.00 to 18.30 (October to March).
The gate to the East Front Gardens of the Palace is open to allow free access from 9am to 10am. This allows you to walk through this gate in the mornings before the Palace officially opens at 10am everyday.
From 10am everyday the gate to the East Front Gardens (very rear of the Palace) is closed as access to the palace and gardens is by entry fee after that time.
Vehicles are allowed in to the golf course through Kingston Gate at the Hampton Wick end of the park.
The three main buildings of historic interest in the Park are Stud House and The Pavilion, which are private residences, and the Ice House near Hampton Wick gate, which is also not open to the public. Large areas of land on the eastern side of the Park, some prone to flooding, and mainly used for grazing and paddocks, are also inaccessible to the public. A golf course occupies a large area in the south of the Park, but is not physically enclosed and merges with the Park. Apart from the formal Long Water, there are various other areas of water, most notable the Hampton Wick Pond, Oak and Rick ponds, the latter used for model boats.
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A Nature trail in the Woodland Gardens on Saturday, 29th April
On a beautifully sunny Saturday morning about 50 people turned up for the Ponds Walk in Bushy Park led by Jane Cliff.Full report...
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