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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

  • Bushy Park Office. Christmas period

    To advise you that Bushy Park’s office will be closed from the 25th December until Monday 4th January when it will reopen at 08:00hrs.

  • Christmas Carols at the Pheasantry

    On 19 December the Friends, along with The Royal Parks and Colicci were pleased to welcome The Quire of Thames Ditton to entertain visitors to the Pheasantry with carols old and new.

  • Policing in the Park

    The new policing model is now operational in all of the Royal Parks and each Park has a Dedicated Park Officer(DPO).

  • Mushroom Picking and Celebrity Chefs

    Park management (and the Friends) are concerned about the increasing quantities of fungi being taken from the Park.

  • FBHP Annual General Meeting 2016

    The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks will be held on Friday 4 March 2016

  • World Tree Day

    World Tree Day

    Last Saturday (28th November) was World Tree Day

  • Recruitment of Special Constables to serve in the Royal Parks

    The Metropolitan Police covering the Royal Parks are recruiting for Special Constables to be based at Richmond and Greenwich Parks

  • Ham House and Garden (talk report)

    Naomi Campbell, who has worked for the National Trust in a range of roles for the past 17 years and now manages a group of properties including Ham House and Garden, and Petersham Meadows, gave us an insightful talk on 22 October about current projects at Ham.

  • Planting in the Woodland Gardens

    Planting in the Woodland Gardens

    Despite the wet and windy weather on Saturday a gallant group of volunteers planted 200 yews and hollies in the Bog Garden.

  • Request for a new auditor

    The Trustees are seeking a replacement for Carol Ruddock, who audited the Friends’ annual accounts for several years and stepped down at the 2015 AGM. Is anyone interested in taking on this voluntary job?

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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.