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About The Parks

Historically, the two parks were associated with Hampton Court Palace and the monarchs who resided there. The parks were hunting grounds for the pleasure of the monarchs and were stocked to support the palace’s residents. The parks have fascinating histories, and both are correctly described as Royal Parks.

These are deer parks, in which the wild deer herds roam freely. Bushy Park has two herds, Red deer and Fallow deer. Home Park has one herd of Fallow deer. The parks are habitats for many bird species and other animals. The dead wood in the parks is habitat for invertebrates, some of which are threatened and rare. Both parks are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and today their principal features are space, tranquility and unspoilt nature.

Who We Are

The “Friends of Bushy and Home Parks” is a charity dedicated to the protection, conservation, improvement and increased appreciation of the parks.

We are composed entirely of members, many of whom are volunteers. We have no employed and full-time staff. We work with The Royal Parks’ and with Historic Royal Palaces’ management teams to achieve our aims.

If you have never been to Bushy Park or Home Park, then you might want to start at the Visitor Centre to find out from our volunteers about these two fascinating parks.

Walks and Talks

For details of all our scheduled Walks and Talks:

Walks and Talks - Resources

Catch-up on our previous Walks and Talks with our on-line resources

For details of all our Walks and Talks Resources including Videos:

Invitation to submit photos for the 2023 Calendar – CLOSING DATE 5 JUNE

FINAL CALL FOR ENTRIES - DEADLINE 5 JUNE The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks invite you to submit photos...
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Bushy Park and Home Park compulsory “dogs on leads” restrictions during deer birthing season

The Royal Parks charity has confirmed that, from 1 May until 31 July 2022, dogs will be required to be...
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Accidental fires caused by using BBQs during the heatwave could have disastrous consequences for wildlife, destroying veteran trees, annihilating wild-flower...
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You can access the 2022 AGM documents using the links below. Agenda Minutes of 2021 AGM Chairman's Report Treasurer's Report...
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© Copyright Hugh Venables and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. Visitors who use the Pheasantry café will be aware that the outside...
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The Royal Parks are recruiting their next intake of Volunteer Rangers, with opportunities to work in Bushy Park. To find...
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The Royal Parks are commencing remedial works in the Woodland Gardens near the Pheasantry café. This is to improve the...
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We have a full programme of Walks and Talks planned from 2022, starting in January and running throughput the year...
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Royal Parks urges visitors to take litter home to protect the wildlife

Charity landed with £1.3 million annual price tag to collect and dispose of litter from the parks A plastic bag...
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Without urgent action, skylark could be lost from Richmond and Bushy Parks The impact of increased footfall to the Royal...
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Royal Parks’ Biodiversity Framework

The Royal Parks has published a new Biodiversity Framework for 2020 to 2030 which is designed to to give direction...
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Messages From Our Team

Welcome to our website
Welcome to our website. If you are visiting either of these two wonderful parks for the first time prepare to be delighted. They are natural spaces with centuries-old history and fascinating wildlife. I hope you will treat the parks with respect and, like us in the Friends, ensure they can be enjoyed for centuries to come. Colin Muid, Chair, FBHP.
If you love the parks
If you love the parks and you often tell others about the them, we want you to join us as a volunteer at our Visitor Centre. We are a friendly, helpful team and we enjoy telling visitors about the wildlife, history and secrets of the parks. You get a smart uniform, too. Rosemary MacColl, Volunteer Coordinator, FBHP.
Join the Friends
Join the Friends and help us to look after these parks. With more members our voice is stronger and we can achieve more. By the way, our membership fee is really quite low. Membership Secretary, FBHP.

Current Campaign

“Help Nature Thrive”

The Friends ask visitors to “Help Nature Thrive”, by appreciating and observing wildlife in their natural habitat in the parks, rather than seeking an up close and person experience. There are many different types of wildlife, ancient trees, botanical rarities, amphibians, rare insects and fascinating birds. These two parks are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). We encourage you to enjoy the parks as wild places.

If you love the parks why not join the Friends or donate so that you can support their conservation for future generations?

Visitor Sightings

Recent Sightings:


Little Egret

Egyptian Goslings



Little Owl

Christmas Cards 2021

View Christmas Cards 2021

Our new range of Christmas card packs for 2021 is now available. Each pack contains 5 cards of one unique photo from one of our visitors and Friends. All sales of our Christmas cards go towards supporting projects in both Bushy and Home Parks.

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