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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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Friends' Mistletoe Walk 2013

The first walk of 2013 proved as popular as ever with four dozen Friends of Bushy and Home Parks meeting up at the Lion Gate. And , as luck would have it, we brought the good weather with us, as it was sunny and reasonably mild!

David Iveson ably led us through the grounds of Hampton Court, pointing out the finest specimens of mistletoe on their various host trees, and giving us the background to this odd but cherished British institution.

It is now thought the bird species of Blackcaps are responsible for dispersing the mistletoe seeds on their host trees.

Crossing over into Bushy Park we inspected more varieties of mistletoe decorated trees as well as a few of the interesting veteran trees, those over one hundred years old, to be found in the park, and at this point, Nicholas Garbutt, a specialist arborealist from the Royal Parks, accompanying us, gave us an informative talk on these wonderful old trees.

Then winding our way back to Hampton Court Green we found more examples of all these interesting trees, finally finishing up a fascinating two hour ramble back in Hampton Court gardens where, before we dispersed, Gillian Jonusas, an Arboriculturist asked for our help during June and July in monitoring the dreaded Oak Processionary Moth when it is at its most active and those willing to help were asked to sign up.

Why we need more Friends

With more members our voice is stronger when we campaign to protect the Parks, and with more subscription income we can do more to provide information and education about the Parks, their wildlife and their history.

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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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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.