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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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World Tree Day

World Tree Day

Swamp Cypress

Swamp Cypress (Taxodium distichum) tree roots can be found in Bushy Park, Richmond Park, St James’s Park, Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill and Greenwich Park.

Cypress trees growing in swampy areas tend to have a peculiar growth called ‘cypress knees’ – these are woody projections sent above the normal water level, roughly vertically from the roots like the ones pictured here!

Big Cone Pine

The Big Cone Pine (Pinus coulteri) in Bushy Park produces, as the name suggests, giant pine cones – as big as pineapple! – weighing up to 5 ½lb (2.5kg). This species of Pine tree is native of the United States and was planted in memory of the World War II American base. It can be found in the Woodlands Gardens.

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...