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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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Your title here… ==================2020 EVENTS

RHS Battlefields to Butterflies photo Susan Plunkett The Battlefields to Butterflies Garden. Photo: RHS/Suzanne Plunkett

We are delighted to announce our new programme of Events for January, February and March 2020.

The venue for our first talk, “Battlefields to Butterflies”, is the Normansfield Theatre in Teddington. As some of you will have discovered in 2019, this is a Grade II* Listed Theatre which was built originally as an entertainment hall and is a rare example of a private Victorian Theatre containing original painted scenery and other ornate fixtures and fittings.

The first of our 2020 Talks will start at 8.00 pm with refreshments from 7.15 pm. Presented by Richard Flenley who is a member of The Royal Parks Guild and worked on the delivery of the Royal Parks’ World War I centennial commemorations. From a loose set of ideas in 2015, a diverse programme of themed activities, events and exhibitions was developed and Richard will explain how these ideas evolved, how they involved many different volunteers, organisations and contributors, and how the trench and wildflower exhibit “Battlefields to Butterflies” was created for the RHS Hampton Court flower show.

There will be a number of information boards on display at the theatre describing the role of the Royal Parks in WWI, some of their commemoration events and a remembrance to those parks employees who died.

Spring 2020 Click here for more on this Talk and our other events for the first quarter of 2020.

Sunday 23 February – The Quicksilver Hampton Court Run

The Quicksilver Hampton Court Run will take place 08.30-11.00 with approximately 3500 participants. This race is organised by Quicksilver, see https://hamptoncourthalf.com/ or call 020 8288 8575 or email info@kbcspecialevents.com

Sunday 15 March – The Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon

Hampton Court Palace will again be hosting the official annual ‘Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon’ from 8.30 – 12.30 with approximately 3800 participants for more information contact Josh Robson josh.robson@hrp.org.uk 0203 166 6507 or 07964461995 or see https://www.palacehalf.com/

Sunday 29 March - The Royal Borough of Kingston Spring Raceday

The Royal Borough of Kingston Spring Raceday will take place on Sunday 29th March between 08.00-10.45 with approximately 2000 participants. For more information see https://www.kingstonraceday.com/ or call 020 8288 8575 or email info@kbcspecialevents.com

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Walks & Talks

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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.

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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.