The “Friends of Bushy and Home Parks” is a charity dedicated to the protection, conservation, improvement and increased appreciation of the parks.
We work with The Royal Parks’ and with Historic Royal Palaces’ management teams to achieve our aims. We are composed entirely of members, many of whom are our volunteers. We have no employed or full-time staff.
The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks (FBHP) is registered charity No.1137203.
We were founded in 1990 as a response to plans to cut down and replant the historic Chestnut Avenue in Bushy Park, campaigning successfully to change those plans.
The Friends support both Bushy and Home Parks because until 1998 the two parks were managed by the Royal Parks Agency, then a government body.
On 1st April 1998 the Historic Royal Palaces charity was created with responsibility for the management of Hampton Court Palace and Home Park.
In March 2017 The Royal Parks was established as a charity with responsibility for eight of London’s largest open spaces, Hyde, The Green, Richmond, Greenwich, St James’s, Bushy and The Regent’s Parks, and Kensington Gardens. It also manages other important open spaces in the capital including Brompton Cemetery, Victoria Tower Gardens, Canning Green and Poet’s Corner.
Protecting the parks’ characters, history, heritage, wildlife, habitats, woodlands, grasslands, and gardens for future generations to enjoy.
Promoting appreciation and awareness of the historic and environmental significance of the two parks, to enhance public enjoyment of the parks..
Raising funds for projects to enhance the fabric and features of the parks, which are not part of the parks’ general maintenance programmes or capital projects.
Promoting free public access. Representing users of the parks, liaising with The Royal Parks and Historic Royal Palaces, advocating and campaigning to influence changes in public policy as these affect the parks. Opposing planning applications which are harmful to the parks.
A quarterly Newsletter, a website and a Facebook page. Production of publications about the parks to inform and educate visitors. An annual programme of walks and talks.
We operate the Visitor Centre at the Pheasantry on behalf of The Royal Parks.
Volunteers operate the Visitor Centre at the Pheasantry; produce the quarterly newsletter; organise a programme of walks and talks; edit and maintain the website and Facebook presence; prepare educational materials and publications.
To join our friendly team of volunteers, contact our volunteer coordinator, Rosemary MacColl. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 0208 943 4814.
All our Visitor Centre volunteers receive an induction session and a uniform to wear on duty. Further training and experience is provided.
The key to being a successful Friends of Bushy and Home Parks volunteer is very simple; you just need to like other people, to love our parks and enjoy helping visitors to enjoy and respect the parks, too!