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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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Yanks in the Park

Yanks in the Park

Photo by David Ivison

Walk on June 15th 2013 with Chris Hollingshead and Jane Cliff

Chris and I became fascinated by the thought that by 1944 Camp Griffiss in Bushy Park housed 4,000 US and British personnel and became Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), the centre for planning Operation Overlord, the invasion of Europe during the Second World War.

We contacted Douglas Rowland at the Bushy Park archive held at the Stockyard and armed with lots of useful information, began exploring.

The walk started at Teddington Gate, locating 2 of the plaques marking corners of block A, then to the USAAF Memorial, back to SHAEF gate and finishing at the flagpole where we stood on the actual spot marking the office of General Eisenhower!

Chris had been contacted by someone who had identified the outline of a running track when looking at Google maps in “Satellite” mode. This would have been to the right of the flagpole when facing the Park wall.
There was also an airstrip along from Hampton Court gate and Douglas had provided amazing photos.
Additional huts were located along the side of Chestnut Avenue and we now think that 3 remain as scout huts in the area.

As we had hoped people on the walk had anecdotes including one man who had been awarded a prize at school by Air Marshall Tedder (deputy Supreme Commander) and another whose father had been Clerk of Works in the camp.

Douglas also provided us with a very informative handout which you can read by clicking here.

Jane Cliff

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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.

Full report...

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.