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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.

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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

“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

April Sightings:

Great Crested Newt

Green Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Stonechat

Kingfisher

Heron

Upper Lodge Road Car park in Bushy Park which is normally open at weekends and Bank Holidays will not be fully available from Saturday 29 May until Monday 31 May because it will be occupied by a Film Unit. Half of the car park will be available to park visitors on Saturday and Sunday. The  car park will be totally unavailable on Bank Holiday Monday for park visitors. This use of the car park is to enable filming at Hampton Court Palace and will provide a source of much-needed income to both The Royal Parks at Bushy Park and Historic Royal Palaces at Hampton Court. Visitors planning to come to Bushy Park this weekend should take note of the reduced availability for car parking at this time.

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