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Bushy and Home Parks
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Bushy and Home Parks
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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.

Walks and Talks

Next Event:

Thursday August 5th, all day

Mission Invertebrates Bug Mobile learning event

Pheasantry Café, Bushy Park

For details of all our scheduled Walks and Talks:
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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:
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Top ten things to do in The Royal Parks this summer

Splash into the spirit of summer fun with family time and wonderful weekends that feel like they might never end....
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Carriage Rides Return

Make the most of our Great British Summer with a glorious carriage ride in Bushy Park on weekends during August....
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Trees of the Pheasantry Woodland Garden

A new booklet will be available at the Visitor Centre from 19 June which introduces the many interesting and rare...
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‘Help Nature Thrive’ in the Royal Parks by not feeding wildlife

The Royal Parks charity is launching a campaign urging visitors to ‘Help Nature Thrive’ in some of the capital’s largest...
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EVENTS AT HAMPTON COURT & OTHER ROYAL PALACES

COMING UP AT HAMPTON COURT PALACE 20 May                     Palace interiors reopen and launch of Gold and Glory exhibition The exhibition...
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DOGS MUST BE KEPT ON LEADS

From Tuesday May 4 May until Monday 2 August 2021, dogs will be required to be on a lead in all...
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SAVE OUR SKYLARKS

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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Top five things to do during half term with The Royal Parks

As we say hello to another lockdown, we realise how we need our daily dose of outdoor time, nature, and...
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£750K TO PROTECT WILDLIFE IN ROYAL PARKS

A conservation project to protect and increase biodiversity across 5,000 acres of London parkland has received a £750k boost, thanks...
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IF YOU GO DOWN IN THE WOODS TODAY…

Visitors walking through the Woodland Gardens in the area known as the Waterhouse Plantation will spot a lot of forestry...
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FEEDING DEER IS NOT KIND

The Royal Parks have issued this following press release regarding the feeding of deer by visitors to the Royal Parks...
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WILD DEER ARE NOT DISNEY CREATURES, THE ROYAL PARKS WARNS PARENTS

Parents are being urged by The Royal Parks not to put their children in harm’s way by posing with stags...
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ADVICE TO DOG WALKERS

Please take this advice very seriously as we have had reported a number of incidents of deer attacking walkers with...
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APPLE TREE FROM SPACE

A joint bid from Bushy Park, the National Physical Laboratory and the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks has successfully...
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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

July Sightings:
Kingfisher
Marbled white butterfly
2 juvenile kestrels
Grass snake
Sparrowhawk

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