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 25th November 2010
Talk by Nicholas Garbutt – Trees and Wildlife Conservation Manager, Historic Royal Palaces.
Date posted: Friday 1st October 2010
A talk given by Sue Kidger on 23rd. September 2010.
Sue is a remarkable person! She has been rescuing hedgehogs for 10 years and keeps them (up to 45 at any one time) in the larger of two top floor rooms in her town house in Twickenham.
Date posted: Saturday 17th July 2010
Photo © Alan Buckingham
A walk led by Pippa Hyde, Saturday 17th July
Report by Pieter Morpurgo, photos by Alan Buckingham.
We started in the new education area of the Welcome Centre with a small display of some grasses which we might see during the walk. Pippa had collected them over the previous month.
Date posted: Sunday 6th June 2010
Wildlife Photography on foot and by bicycle. Talk given by Barry Hilling on Thursday May 27th 2010
Report by Jane Cliff, 6th June 2010
Barry started by stressing that it is possible to travel on foot, by public transport or bicycle and travel to areas where wonderful photographs can be taken.
Date posted: Friday 4th June 2010
A Spider Foray in Bushy Park Led by Mick Massie on May 23rd 2010
Report by Jane Cliff, 4th June 2010
This was a fascinating 2 hours and we saw at least 10 different species of spider.
Date posted: Wednesday 12th May 2010
Thursday 22nd April 2010 The Thames Discovery Programme – Community Archaeology on the Thames Foreshore by Lorna Richardson
Report by Jane Cliff, 12th May 2010
The Thames Discovery programme builds on work done by the Museum of London’s Thames Archaeology Survey, 1993-99, and the Thames Explorer Trust.
Date posted: Sunday 21st March 2010
Saturday 20th March 2010 with Ray Brodie, Park Manager, Bushy Park
Report by Pieter Morpurgo 21st March 2010
Unusually for the Friends’ walks, the weather was a bit drizzly, but nearly 50 people turned up to listen to Park Manager Ray Brodie, as he led us around the Water Gardens.
Date posted: Monday 15th March 2010
We’ve had another busy year in the Parks.
We’ve had another busy year in the Parks. All of the work supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund has now been completed. The Water Gardens was opened to the public in October and has proved very popular, although the cascade has been closed down for a while to allow repairs to the lining of the upper pool. The cascade should be running again soon.
Date posted: Saturday 6th March 2010
Dr. Nigel Reeve, 5th March 2010
Report by Alison Blaney March 2010
Did we all realize that many inhabitants of London’s Royal Parks are saproxylic ? And that we should be pleased that that is so? Now we do!
Date posted: Sunday 14th February 2010
With Tyrrell Marris and Graham Dillamore: 13th February 2010
Report by Pieter Morpurgo February 2010
The first outside event of the Friends’ calendar is always a special event, and this was no exception. The weather was cold and a little overcast but 60 people turned up at the Lion Gate of Hampton Court Palace to enjoy this great morning.
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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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