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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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Brexit for Bees

Brexit for Bees

Photo of bee (by Twickenham Tribune)

As we know, bees are very important in the food chain pollinating one-third of what we eat and food for livestock. They also pollinate the habitats of wildlife: insects, birds and other animals.

On 30 June The Times published an article which stated that pesticide firms have dismissed their own study confirming bees are harmed by common pesticides.

If you want to help bees the Friends of the Earth website has a number of ideas of what you can do. They have a list of bee-friendly plants including ivy, lavender, sedum, chives and sage.
It seems that plants bought in shops may have already been treated by pesticides, Growing plants from seed or swapping plants with neighbours is recommended. Allowing ivy to grow rather than cutting it back may be another answer as well as planting wild flowers from seed.

Brexit may also affect bees as a lot of legislation to protect the environment has emanated from the EU.

Perhaps it is time to lobby your MP to see what he can do to protect bees and the food chain, Councillors can also be contacted to find out if our public parks and gardens are using pesticides. Maybe one of them may reply to this article.
First published in the Twickenham Tribune.

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...