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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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Ham House and Garden (talk report)

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

A garden conservation management plan has been produced with the aim of recreating the authentic ‘spirit of place’ in the grounds. “Ham House from the South” painted in the 1670s by Hendrick Danckerts was used as the first point of reference. When Naomi asked to see the Trust’s archive material regarding Ham, 250 boxes of papers and artefacts were delivered. This material has been sorted through with the aid of a Heritage Lottery funded trainee. The many volunteers at Ham have been consulted and visitors were asked to complete a questionnaire about their impressions of the property.

Since Naomi became manager, the Orangerie restaurant has been remodelled and ingredients from the kitchen garden are used. There are more tours of the house and grounds, and only flowers grown in the garden are displayed in the house. Implementing the garden plan over the next 10 years will not alter the layout, but the plants may be changed, usually by incremental improvements. Work on the avenues and car parks is also proposed but that will take 40 years to complete.

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...