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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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Hampton Court Tree Walk

by Noelle Leigh MBE, 6 September 2008

First of all, Noelle pointed out that many of us look at trees in different ways. Some look at them from a botanical aspect, some from the aesthetic aspect, others may look at them from the craftsman’s point of view as in “How much wood can I get out of that tree?!”, or we may be interested in the folklore. But one thing is for certain, we all love trees and are passionate about their survival and protection.

The first tree of particular interest was the Indian Horse Chestnut that flowers after the Common Horse Chestnut, and has black conkers. The group enjoyed touching the tactile leaves of the Montery Pine with its cones growing out of the branches. The Euodia Tetradium Daniellii was impressive with its smooth grey trunk. It was interesting to see the Persian Iron Wood Parrotica Persica from the forests south of the Caspian Sea. This tree was moved from the Privy Garden in 1993 and has survived and is looking good.

There are many other trees that we looked at in the Wilderness before making our way to the Twentieth Century Garden. Some of the group had never visited it before and, in fact, some did not know that it existed! We saw trees from the USA, Canada, Tasmania, Italy, Chile and the Caucasus Mountains. Noelle pointed out that the leaves on Maples are always opposite each other. This is helpful when doing tree identification. Having feasted our eyes on the Twentieth century Garden, we admired the ancient Yews and then had a brief look at the Sunken Gardens and the Vine. We had a few spits and spots of rain but nothing as bad has had been forecast. Once again Noelle had led us on a lovely morning’s walk.

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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 25th Oct 8:00 pm

TALK by Kate Canning, “Friends to nature – the wonder of bees”

Latest report

A perimeter walk of Home Park led by Nicholas Garbutt was enjoyed by over 45 people on 2nd September.

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Information Point

The Information Point next to the Pheasantry Welcome Centre café is where our volunteers help visitors 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.