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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.

We are always pleased to receive feedback. You can contact us by clicking here.

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Tread Lightly

Visitors to the park should Tread Lightly. That is, they should respect the environment, the wildlife and the fragile ecosystems and habitats that support the many species of fauna and flora, some of which are rare and protected.

The park is open to everyone to enjoy. It offers space for a wide range of activities including walking, running, and just doing nothing.

One activity not allowed is flying drones, as they disturb the wildlife.

You can help to tread lightly by avoiding the following disrespectful behaviours:

Leaving litter

Lighting barbecues and bonfires

Removing chestnuts, flora and other natural objects

Disturbing fallen and dead wood

Dumping of pets and plants

Dog waste

Uncontrolled dogs

Off-road cycling

Speeding traffic

By the way

Please do not feed the deer - it is injurious to their health;

do not get within 50 metres of them, because deer are wild animals and unpredictable;

do not allow dogs off leads near them, as they can get attacked.

In the rutting season and when their young are born the deer are especially sensitive and aggressive.

Why we need more Friends

With more members our voice is stronger when we campaign to protect the Parks, and with more subscription income we can do more to provide information and education about the Parks, their wildlife and their history.

Join us today!

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...

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre next to the Pheasantry café is where our volunteers help visitors find out more about the parks and where visitors can purchase souvenirs of your visit to support our work.

Click this panel to visit our Visitor Centre section and also to find out how you can get involved as a volunteer.