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Bushy and Home Parks
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Bushy and Home Parks

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.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW WEBSITE

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Welcome to our new website!
We have been using the time during lockdown to completely renew our website. The contents have been updated in what we hope you will agree is an attractive and easy to navigate design.

VISITOR CENTRE - WHEN CAN WE REOPEN?

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As has been the case everywhere during the COVID-19 lockdown, the Bushy Park Visitor Centre has been closed. It is operated by volunteers from the Friends, on behalf of The Royal Parks.

BUSHY PARK UPDATE AND MOVEMENT STRATEGY

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Parking
From Tuesday 14 July, we will re-open public car parks on weekdays only. As Chestnut Avenue will remain closed to through-traffic, visitors will need to access parking from the closest gate.

THE ROYAL PARKS UNVEILS BIRTHDAY GIFT TO NHS

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In celebration of the NHS’ 72nd birthday, The Royal Parks charity has created two special flowerbeds in front of Buckingham Palace, containing 45,000 white and blue flowers.

Walks and Talks

Walks and Talks Calendar 2020 – Currently all are cancelled due to COVID-19
Friday 26 June Walk: Hampton Court Gardens, Nursery and Kitchen garden
  Led by Gregory Leeson. Meet at Lion Gate, 11 a.m.
Saturday 5 September Walk: Bushy Park deer
  Led by John Locke. Meet at Visitor Centre, 11 a.m.
Friday 9 October Talk: How birds work
  Given by John Buckingham. Normansfield Theatre, 8 p.m.
Saturday 31 October Working session with Bushy Park’s Head Gardener
  Led by Sharon Evans. Woodland Gardens,11 a.m.
Friday 6 November Talk: A funny thing happened on the way to the potting shed
  Given by Nick Dobson. Normansfield Theatre, 8 p.m.
Friday 4 December Tree Pests and Diseases
  Given by Ana Perez. Normansfield Theatre, 8 p.m.

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

“You needed the parks, now they need you.”
Help us to continue our support of these two parks as the COVID-19 pandemic eases. Both park organisations have lost substantial revenues during the lockdown, due to Royal Parks’ event cancellations and Historic Royal Palaces closures. We want to help fund some of the parks’ modest projects which might otherwise be delayed by the substantial loss of income. If you have been a frequent or occasional user of the parks during lockdown, for your exercise and health, you may want to recognise it by giving something back. You can, by giving to our campaign.

Visitor Sightings

7 July 2020 – Home Park Rick Pond. Heard a Reed Warbler singing beautifully.

4 July 2020 –  Home Park Long Water. Great Crested Grebe seen.

3 July 2020 – Bushy Park. Kestrel family and also a skylark.

2 July 2020 – Bushy Park. Common Whitethroats seen.

 

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    This Field Studies Council  guide covers all 60 butterflies in Britain and Ireland.

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    A Field Studies Council guide which offers a visual identification guide to the main groups of insects on land and in water.

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