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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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News archive

  • Planting for next year

    Planting for next year

    Friends help with planting

    Following on from the recent planting of narcissi bulbs in the Woodland Gardens, some new shrubs are being planted near Heron Pond. Geoff Lupton reports.

  • New Information Plaque - Giant Cogwheel, Yarrow Tank

    New Information Plaque - Giant Cogwheel, Yarrow Tank

    Giant cogwheel, Bushy Park. Photo by Geoff Lutpon 2 December 2011

    The Royal Parks have erected a new information plaque explaining the workings of the giant cogwheel on display in Bushy Park. Geoff Lupton reports.

  • Latest Park Manager Report: Bushy Park

    Simon Richards, Bushy Park Superintendent, provided this very thorough and informative report for the FBHP.

  • FBHP Christmas Cards now on sale

    FBHP Christmas Cards now on sale

    Where's the path?

    Christmas is just around the corner and our new Christmas cards have arrived.

  • Photo Competition Winners Announced

    Photo Competition Winners Announced

    Formation Flying at Hampton Court by Stephen Darlington

    The winners of “The Buildings of Bushy and Home Parks” photography competition are announced, and a new photo gallery launched.

  • New Photo Competition Launched

    Our seventh competition is for photographs of the park ponds in either Home Park or Bushy Park.

  • The mystery of the petrified tree stumps

    The mystery of the petrified tree stumps

    Roots of Swamp Cypress Trees

    Nicola Johnson emailed us to say: “I often walk in the Woodland Gardens, along the stream that runs through it. I have noticed what looks like putrified tree stumps ‘growing’ alongside the river there, on both sides. Would you be able to englighten me as to what they could be?!”

  • Hampton Hill Lights

    Join us for the famous street parade at Hampton Hill Lights on 25th November.

  • Newly refurbished toilets vandalised

    The newly refurbished toilets in Bushy Park have been vandalised – the day after they opened – and are now closed indefinitely.

  • FBHP Calendar and Christmas Cards

    FBHP Calendar and Christmas Cards

    "Stag" by Stephen Darlington, featured in the FBHP Calendar

    The Friends are pleased to announce the launch of a calendar for 2012.

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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.