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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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Cleaning the Diana Fountain

Cleaning the Diana Fountain

Re-gilding work being carried out on Diana

Five years on from the major restoration of the Diana Fountain, the structure is covered in scaffolding again. This is a planned event to keep the fountain and all the bronzes in good condition. All of it is showing five year’s wear and tear.

Restorers are inspecting the whole structure and will repair as necessary all of the stone work including the joints. The bronzes are to be cleaned and re-waxed, and the whole fountain will be steam cleaned with a process called “Doff” cleaning. The water jets will be cleaned so that they throw the water away from the stonework. Some of the gilding on Diana is being replaced, but all the work will be done in situ. Much of the deterioration seems to be the bird damage again. The spikes which were originally on Diana’s head, shoulder and arm, to protect her from the birds have dropped off. It is hoped
that they can be replaced. The bird scarers hidden behind the sirens will need to be checked to make sure they are still working as the bird dropping damage is quite severe.

The picture shows some re-gilding work being carried out on Diana.

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...