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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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Ways to get involved

You will be joining the Friends because you know that in today’s political climate, with intense pressure on public finances, the continuing healthy existence of public assets such as the Parks cannot be taken for granted. Your involvement can ensure the parks do not wither or become excessively commercialized.

The Friends, a registered charity, provides a focus for those who value the Parks to make their voice heard. We organize activities and projects to enhance and protect the Parks and improve the public’s enjoyment and understanding of them.

Your membership of the Friends is recognition of the importance that people attach to the well-being of the Parks – and membership numbers matter in how much influence we have and how much we can achieve.

You might choose to participate as a volunteer at the Information Point if you are able to devote a couple of hours each month on a Saturday or Sunday.

You might provide your experience and expertise in one of the various voluntary roles relating to our communications through website, Facebook page or newsletter.

If you are a photographer you can provide photos which will be used in our greeting cards, annual calendar or postcards.

If you have an interest in history or archaeology you might want to help in researching the heritage and ancient aspects of the parks.

Of course many of our members pursue wildlife, nature, birding, invertebrate, and botanical interests in the environment of the parks.

Lastly and by no means least, you may wish to participate as a Trustee or office holder on the executive committee of the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks charity.

Any of these ways of involvement can be achieved by contacting us through this website

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.