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The Friends of
Bushy and Home Parks
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The Friends of
Bushy and Home Parks
Become a Member Make a Donation
The Friends of
Bushy and Home Parks
Become a Member Make a Donation
The Friends of
Bushy and Home Parks
Thank you for making our D-Day Event a huge success! Read the Report here: D-Day Event 2024 – Report

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:

Park Art Competition

Get creative and capture your favourite aspect of our local historic royal parks.

Friends of Bushy and Home Parks is delighted to announce the launch of its first Park Art Competition. Supported by Landmark Art Centre, the competition is open to any amateur artist from seven years old and upwards. The aim is to showcase the most “Inspiring Elements” of either Bushy or Home Park that will encourage others to explore and respect the beauty of the Parks.

Dame Mary Archer appointed as Chair of The Royal Parks

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has appointed Dame Mary Archer as the new Chair of The Royal...
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His Majesty the King will remain patron of the Royal Parks charity

His Majesty The King has shared the news that he will retain patronage of The Royal Parks charity, in an...
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By Jonathan Cardy - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks are organising an...
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The Royal Parks launches spring photography competition

The Royal Parks charity, which cares for London’s eight historic Royal Parks, has today launched a spring photography competition, ‘Creating...
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The Royal Parks seeks new apprentices with a passion for gardening and can-do attitude

The Royal Parks charity is looking for aspiring horticulturists to join the team of apprentices who help shape London’s green...
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Skylarks statement 2024 – Bushy Park

© Neil Smith, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons The Royal Parks charity is asking visitors to Bushy Park to...
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Switching pint-pulling for pruning – meet the apprentices caring for Bushy Park

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Don't do this; photographers getting far too close to a stag Autumn signals a shift in deer behaviour as the...
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Volunteering Days at Hampton Court

If you enjoy gardening and have some time spare for volunteering, please join Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) at Hampton Court...
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New Electric Buggy Service

An electric buggy service is being introduced in Bushy Park to assist people who need help with mobility to get...
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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. Get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, Elizabeth Malone.  Email
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:

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker




Mistle Thrush

Little Egret

Calendar 2024

Calendar 2024
The Calendar 2024 is available now from the Visitor Centre and also online from the Shop on this website.
All of the seasonal images in this lovely Calendar have been kindly contributed by members and visitors and are a lovely memory of the year in Bushy and Home Parks.
The calendar is A4, portrait and costs just £8.

Chestnut Sunday 2024

Chestnut Sunday 2024
The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks are reviving Chestnut Sunday this Spring. It will evoke the original essence of this Victorian day out in the park.

Instead, to reflect the original roots of this day out, we are encouraging visitors to bring and enjoy a picnic in the park on Chestnut Sunday. Apart from the wonderful park itself, we will have some added attractions for everyone.

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