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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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Tour of Garrick's Temple

Tour of Garrick's Temple

Statue of Shakespeare in Garrick's Temple, (copyright Twickenham Museum)

16th July 2011

On a very damp day we were given a tour of Garrick’s Temple at Hampton and the gardens. The gardens visit was fairly brief, as we took cover inside the temple.

Ron Smedley told us that the beautiful octagonal building was built in 1756 and it now holds a most interesting exhibition about the celebrated actor manager, David Garrick. He was one of the few actors of the time who had the means and success to build such a grand country house, which he built to celebrate Shakespeare. In one of the alcoves there is a very fine life statue of the playwright.

There has been a complete restoration over the last few years which show Garrick’s acting life and his private life as a gentleman of Hampton. The temple is open to the public on Sunday afternoons from 2 until 5 from the start of April to the end of October.

We thank Ron Smedley and the volunteers for giving us such a delightful morning.

Pieter Morpurgo

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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Thursday, 23rd Nov 8:00 pm

The Royal Parks in the Great War. Talk by David Ivison

Latest report

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

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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.

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