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  1. Introduction
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  3. The Friends and The Water Gardens
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  5. Photos
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  7. Restoration Videos
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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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Introduction to the Water Gardens

Water Gardens map Location of the Water Gardens

The Water Gardens have been carefully restored to resemble their early 18th century glory. Amongst the new items we have for sale at the Information Point at the Pheasantry and available at all of our walks and talks, is a booklet on the story of the restoration of the Water Gardens in Bushy Park. ‘How the Water Gardens were Saved’ has been written by former chair of the Friends, Kathy White.


There is disabled access but there is no special car park for the Water Gardens.

There are two entrances. One on the north side from the main Hampton Hill gates. Walk straight ahead and turn right before the mews. The pedestrian gate is on the left just before you get to the Longford River. It is about five minutes walk from Hampton Hill High Street. The south gate is reached via Upper Lodge Road. Take the footpath on the left just before you reach Upper Lodge. The gate is at the end of the path. This gate is about 15-20 minutes walk from the Pheasantry Visitor Centre.

Opening hours

The Water Gardens are open every day except Mondays, 9am to dusk.

They will be open on Bank Holiday Mondays but will then close on the Tuesday.

Rules & Regulations

The following regulations are to ensure the health and safety of visitors, and to preserve the peace and tranquillity of the gardens:

Younger children should be accompanied by an adult.
Please keep to the paths.
Do not enter or drink the water.
Please keep your dog on a lead.
Cyclists please dismount.
Ball games and the use of airborne toys are not allowed.
Fishing is not allowed.

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.

Join us today!

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.