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Our Achievements

We were founded in 1990 as a response to plans to cut down and replant the historic Chestnut Avenue in Bushy Park, campaigning successfully to change those plans. We supported the revival of Chestnut Sunday and its’ Parade that was so popular in the late Victorian era. We were instrumental in promoting the restoration of the Water Gardens – a project that eventually became a keystone in the more extensive Bushy Park restoration of the early 21st Century.

Campaigning for adequate policing of the royal parks; supporting the introduction of the volunteer Rangers in Bushy Park to improve visitor understanding; funding wildlife schemes and planting schemes in both parks; assisting Bushy Park and NPL to win a space sapling; providing education and interest through the highly regarded walks and talks programme. These are all examples of the many achievements of the Friends. We aim to do more to keep these parks for future generations of visitors to enjoy.

Our Achievements – 2020

Many activities were curtailed due to restrictions under the COVID19 pandemic. Plans to open the new Visitor Centre during school holidays were prevented by the COVID19 pandemic lockdown. Established a new FBHP website. At the start of the year we attended the ceremony to receive the “space sapling” awarded to Bushy Park, which we had helped to win.
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Our Achievements – 2019

In January we started using Normansfield Theatre in Teddington for our Talks programme. Easter saw the introduction of the Volunteer Community Rangers 3-year trial scheme in Bushy and Richmond parks. Opened the new Visitor Centre in Bushy Park in June. Raised nearly £14,000 in the appeal towards our target of £15,000 to fit out the Visitor Centre. The unusual design of the interior is unique, by Robin Johannsen, a local artisan. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June, we organised a leaflet with a self-guided walk, around the location of Eisenhower’s headquarters, Camp Griffiss, in Bushy Park, where...
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Our Achievements – 2018

The new Visitor Centre was granted planning permission. An appeal was launched for fitting out the new Visitor Centre. Shrubs were planted on Triss’s island in the Woodland Gardens.
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Our Achievements – 2017

A motion-sensitive camera was purchased for Home Park to observe owls. Stoup Basin Hoods were purchased as the final restoration of the Water Gardens. A new Visitor Centre received a capital allocation by The Royal Parks. Competed for a “space sapling”, as a joint bid in December with Bushy Park and NPL managers.
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Our Achievements – 2016

A Barn Owl Manor was purchased for Home Park. Planting in Long Water, to provide sanctuary for fish fry. Shrubs and bulbs were planted in the Woodland Gardens. A workbench and water butts were purchased for the Woodland Gardens nursery. A business case for a new Visitor Centre was submitted to The Royal Parks.
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Our Achievements – 2015

Funded the trompe l’oeil paintings in the Water Gardens arches as part of the restoration project. The 25th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks was celebrated. Supported The Royal Parks’ efforts to achieve the best outcome for the new policing model now implemented in the Royal Parks. Protested 2 planning applications to Kingston Council for 15 storey buildings affecting the views from both parks. Contributed funds to marginal planting in the Long Water in Home Park.
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Our Achievements – 2014

Funded the installation of metal reed sculptures in the Water Gardens as part of the restoration project. Provided a set of Interpretation Boards at four sites around Bushy Park. Funds donated for large scale re-planting in the Woodland Gardens, Bushy Park, including a bog garden and a bay tree boundary hedge. A workbench and fruit trees donated for a new orchard at Stud Nursery, Home Park. Eel passages funded for the Water Meadows in Home Park, to measure eel population. Tree protection crates funded for Bushy Park.
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