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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Date posted: Thursday 17th December 2009
The History of Kew by Laura Ponsonby. Thursday 26 November 2009.
Laura gave a most interesting and informative talk and, to our amazement, managed to condense the 250 years’ history of Kew gardens into 75 minutes!
Date posted: Saturday 10th October 2009
Friends planting shrubs
With Chris Nickerson, Head Gardener Woodland Gardens
10th October 2009
We met at the Red Brick Bridge and walked through the Pheasantry, passing the bed where our previous Shrub Planting event took place, to a bed near the Welcome Centre.
Date posted: Thursday 24th September 2009
A Talk by Richard Flenley, Thursday 24th September
Richard began the talk by looking back 15 years when a meeting in this hall led to the Heritage Lottery Fund Project which has finally resulted in the wonderful restoration of The Water Gardens.
Date posted: Saturday 22nd August 2009
Friends at Deer Herds Walk
Walk led by Ray Brodie, 22 August 2009
Friends at Deer Herd walk
Ray Brodie, Manager of Bushy Park took 50 of the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks on a walk to find and talk about the deer and their lives in the park. There are approximately 370 deer in Bushy Park; 125 Red Deer – stags and hinds and 245 Fallow – bucks and does.
Date posted: Saturday 25th July 2009
Friends in Courtyard Garden
Walk led by Terry Gough, 25 July 2009
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With a group of 88 behind him Terry Gough, Garden and Estates Manager of Hampton Court Palace, led us through several “Private”, “No Public Access” and “No Admittance” doors and gates to the recently completed Chapel Court Tudor Garden, where we were greeted by the Palaces Group Director, Rod Giddins who had kindly granted us free entry to the Courtyard and the gardens.
Date posted: Wednesday 27th May 2009
Panel: Ray Brodie, Terry Gough, Kathy White, Pippa Hyde
Elleray Hall Thursday May 27th 8pm
Pieter Morpurgo started the questioning:
Question: (for each of the panellists)
What is your favourite or secret place in Bushy and Home Parks?
Date posted: Saturday 23rd May 2009
Hampton Court Reed Bed
Walk led by by Nicholas Garbutt, 23 May 2009
31 Friends met at The Lion Gate (minus the lions!) on a beautiful May morning. We entered Home Park through the gate from Hampton Court gardens and walked along the dry river bed over many, very large, ant hills. The grassland here is neutral and Woodpeckers are to be seen. It becomes more acidic over towards the golf course due to the presence of approximately 300 fallow deer. We looked out for grass snakes, but none were seen.
Date posted: Thursday 23rd April 2009
The Next Generation with Hannah Pritchard and Sophie Bryant Thursday 23 April 2009
Hannah Pritchard and Sophie Bryant gave us a double act as slick as Eric and Ernie, a breath-taking view into the wide range of activities they organize. Appointed in 2007 as Education and Community Engagement Officers, and funded by HLF, they are based at the Stockyard, and cover all of Bushy Park and the Pheasantry Welcome Centre (when it opens). Both have experience as secondary school teachers, and it shows!
Date posted: Friday 6th March 2009
by Ray Brodie, Bushy Park Manager, 6 March 2009
Ray gave a most interesting and informative talk going back over 500 years and bringing us up-to-date with news on progress of the Restoration Project.
Date posted: Saturday 14th February 2009
Start of Mistletoe Walk 2009
by Tyrrell Marris, Saturday 14th February 2009
Report & Photos by Pieter Morpurgo
Over the past few years we have been so lucky with the weather for our regular Mistletoe Walk. This year was no exception, and the promise of another enjoyable February walk in Home Park brought out the crowds. It also happened to be Valentines Day. There were seventy of us as Tyrrell Marris, our regular walk leader, reminded us that while Mistletoe grows on trees, we should also look at the ground as well as the snowdrops and crocii were in abundance. The day always provides a surprise or two, and we were joined by Martin Einchcomb, the Nursery Manager at Hampton Court who later was to show us around the nurseries.
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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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