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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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Close-Up Shots

<p>This competition, which ran from August to December 2013, had a rather different type of theme. Instead of asking for photographs based on a subject, we asked for entries based on a particular style of photography: close-ups.</p>

<p>We had a record number of entries and some superb shots.</p>

<p>The winner was Caroline Buckingham for <strong>‘Hunting’</strong> which was taken on 30th September near Leg of Mutton Pond in Bushy Park.</p>

<p>In second place was <strong>‘Bursting Out’</strong> by Richard Gudge which was taken on 6th October near Hampton Hill Cricket Ground also in Bushy Park.</p>

<p>There was a dead heat for third place:</p>

<p><strong>‘Dew Drops’</strong> by Dave Brimner was taken on 29th December just off Upper Lodge Road. </p>

<p>And <strong>‘Couples’</strong> was taken by George Andrews who explains: “During the summer I was walking by the Woodland Pond when I saw a thin stalk swaying slightly and then caught sight of these two (possibly Strangulata Maculata) in an embrace, or so it seemed, as they mountaineered up the stalk. They were not deterred by a large human face or lens peering at them.”</p>

<p>Many congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone who entered this extremely competitive contest. </p>

<p>(Please note that in the Gallery below, the winners are shown at the beginning but after that the entries are simply in alphabetical order.)</p>

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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Saturday, 2nd Sep 11:00 am

Latest report

Pippa Hyde led a group of 30 plus on a lovely, tranquil evening walk in the Woodland Gardens.

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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.