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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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Model Boat D-Day Tribute

Model Boat D-Day Tribute

Model of D-Day landing craft

June 6th is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the beginning of the liberation of Europe. As Friends of Bushy Park you may also know that Sunday morning a group of enthusiasts use the boating pond to sail radio control boats.

We had a discussion last year concerning the anniversary and thought it might be a good idea to see how many landing craft and associated WW2 era craft we could get together on the Sunday before, 1st June, to re-enact these crucial landings (Sunday after if the weather is too bad on the 1st).

Unfortunately there are no beaches to actually land on, but we will be having a massed drive past instead! There will be craft ranging from a 6`6” Corvette, landing craft from 5 feet to 18 inches, battleships, torpedo boats and even a few landing craft to try your hand at.

This gathering is particularly fitting, as the big American camp in the park during WW2 acted as the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), and it was here that the landings were planned. We are expecting a low casualty rate on our landing, but we might see the odd accident and sinking!

by Ashley Needham
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Walks & Talks

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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...