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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.|
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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