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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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Guided walk round Old Hampton

On rather an unseasonable cold Saturday morning, a group of Friends of Bushy Park gathered at St Mary’s Church, Hampton for a guided walk round old Hampton under the expert tutelage of Richmond Heritage guide, Johanna Coombes.

From earliest times Hampton played an important part in history. Its first landowner was Walter de Valery, 1066, a kinsman of William the Conqueror, who gave him the land. When Cardinal Wolsey built Hampton Court, he leased the land from the then owners, the Knights of St John.

We saw the house in Hampton where Sibell Penn, nursemaid to Henry 8th son, Prince Edward lived and whose ghost was said to haunt Hampton Court Palace.

Other famous Hampton residents included David Garrick, the actor, who moved into Hampton in1754 and renovated a large riverside home for himself, and built his famous temple to Shakespeare in the grounds. Garrick also encouraged friends in the theatre to move into Hampton, too, one of whom a playwright, lived. In the old house that it now Hampton library.

We were shown the house with the blue plaque where Alan Turing, famous for his work on the Computers at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, lived from 1945 to 1947 and did so much to further technology. And the tomb of John Gregg, a Dominican sugar planter who had lived in Hampton, and whose wife put up the huge tomb in St Mary’s Church.

And finally, on our way to the station, where we finished our walk, Johanna told us how the trains and other local transport, such as the trams, influenced the growth of Hampton from a village into the town it is today.

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, 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.