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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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Opening of the King’s Kitchen Garden

Opening of the King’s Kitchen Garden

King’s Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court

On 25 June the Countess of Wessex officially opened the new kitchen garden at Hampton Court. Originally laid out for William and Mary, it was used for 160 years to provide food for the palace. Queen Victoria moved all the kitchen gardens to Windsor, and the Hampton Court Garden was used as private plots until the 1930s.

Now, based on drawings, it has been restored to how it may have looked in the 18th century. There are over 200 different crop varieties, which will be used to supply the famous Tudor kitchen, and some of the crops are available for the public to buy. The crops are laid out in a way that makes it look like an elaborate flower garden. It is well worth a visit and it is free.

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...