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  1. Aerial View
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  3. Naming Controversy
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  5. Diana Restoration
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  7. Diana on the Move
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  9. Restoration Photo-reports
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Chair’s Welcome

I am delighted as Chair of the Friends to welcome you to our website. Bushy Park and Home Park are two wonderful large green oases in the south west corner of London. Feeling wild, they are natural places with ancient histories, fascinating heritage and superb wildlife. Both are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) containing rare species. These are places to be enjoyed and conserved. Which is why the Friends exist, campaigning, supporting and protecting the parks, and enhancing visitors’ enjoyment with information, advice and guidance.

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Diana on the Move

News article first posted on 17 July 2009 describing the excitement before Diana was moved prior to her renovation.

The statue of Diana is due to be removed on Monday 20th July during the afternoon. It is going to be a delicate operation. There are many unknown factors. Her weight has not been recorded, so the first job will be to remove the four bolts that appear to be holding her in place. There may be additional bolts running through her legs into the Carrara marble on which she stands.

Once free from her mounting, she will be weighed. The estimate at the moment is about 1.2 tons. She will then be eased along the girders and lowered possible on her side onto two palettes, and with heavy duty rollers will be brought along the walkway ready to be loaded into a truck and taken to Wandsworth for restoration.

It is estimated that this will happen on Monday afternoon, but the team are dealing with something which has not been attempted before. If her weight is much greater than 1.2 tons, the team may have to change their plans. So – no promises, but it will be interesting to watch her move - whenever it happens.

Pieter Morpurgo

Why we need more Friends

With more members our voice is stronger when we campaign to protect the Parks, and with more subscription income we can do more to provide information and education about the Parks, their wildlife and their history.

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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Latest report

On Saturday 8 June 2019 from 11am to 3pm members of the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks will be at the SHAEF memorial (near SHAEF Gate) and at Teddington Gate to help you envisage the scene 75 years ago when General Dwight D Eisenhower and his staff in Bushy Park were planning the campaign to liberate occupied Europe.

Full report...

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre next to the Pheasantry café is where our volunteers help visitors find out more about the parks and where visitors can purchase souvenirs of your visit to support our work.

Click this panel to visit our Visitor Centre section and also to find out how you can get involved as a volunteer.