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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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Bushy Park's place in D-Day

Bushy Park's place in D-Day

The SHAEF Memorial, Bushy Park

On Saturday 8 June 2019 from 11am to 3pm members of the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks will be at the SHAEF memorial (near SHAEF Gate) and at Teddington Gate to help you envisage the scene 75 years ago when General Dwight D Eisenhower and his staff in Bushy Park were planning the campaign to liberate occupied Europe.

During the spring and summer of 1942 a large number of buildings were constructed in the park adjacent to Sandy Lane, Teddington. In June of that year the United States Army Air Force took control of the area and renamed it Camp Griffiss after the first American pilot to be killed in the war. At the beginning of March 1944 General Eisenhower and his staff (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force – SHAEF) moved into Camp Griffiss and finalised the Allies’ plans for the invasion of occupied Europe on D-Day. The camp was controlled by the US Air Force until 1962, and it was not until 1966 that the area was returned to parkland.

With the aid of a leaflet and map (suggested donation £1), we will guide you in discovering the current plaques and memorials placed in the park to commemorate that period.

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

Friday, 25th Oct 8:00 pm

The history of Feltham’s Ponds: the Three Jewels in Feltham’s Crown by Angela Patton

Latest report

On Saturday 8 June 2019 from 11am to 3pm members of the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks will be at the SHAEF memorial (near SHAEF Gate) and at Teddington Gate to help you envisage the scene 75 years ago when General Dwight D Eisenhower and his staff in Bushy Park were planning the campaign to liberate occupied Europe.

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Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre next to the Pheasantry 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 Visitor Centre section and also to find out how you can get involved as a volunteer.