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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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Reports Archive

  • Report on: NPL Past and Present

    Did you know that the National Physical Laboratory uses sound to measure the crunchiness of biscuits and is also responsible for ensuring that all lottery balls have exactly the same weight and measurements?

    We found out these facts and a great deal more about the NPL in an informative talk by Fiona Auty on 24th November last year.

    Click here to read Jane Cliff’s report.

  • Report on Horse Rangers Talk

    Report on Horse Rangers Talk

    Horse Rangers on parade, Chestnut Sunday 2008

    Jackie Bryans and Anna McCrum from the Horse Rangers gave us an inspiring talk on October 27th.

  • Insects and the Environment

    Insects and the Environment

    The Drucina Championi butterfly

    Following an explanation of how different aspects of the environment are important to different insects, Jacqueline told us about her exciting trip to Guatemala with the grandson of the renowned entomologist, George Champion.

  • Tour of Garrick's Temple

    Tour of Garrick's Temple

    Statue of Shakespeare in Garrick's Temple, (copyright Twickenham Museum)

    A fascinating tour of the eighteenth century shrine to Shakespeare built by the actor David Garrick.

  • Herbal Medicine

    Herbal Medicine

    Stinging Nettles have many uses

    Jo, a highly qualified medical herbalist, enlightened us about the wonders of weeds and their importance in helping to heal our bodies and minds.

  • Saturday Walk: The Woodland Gardens

    Saturday Walk: The Woodland Gardens

    Friends at start of guided tour

    On Saturday 3rd September, The Head Gardener of the Woodland Gardens, Chris Nickerson led 45 of us on a guided tour of the work he has done and is continuing to do in both the gardens.

    We met at the Welcome Centre as usual and a few steps later were at the bank which the Friends planted two years ago with 450 pachysandra terminalis (Japanese spurge) and vinca minor (Periwinkle)…

  • Bird Walk

    Bird Walk

    Adult male Blackcap, courtesey Wikipeida

    A walk with Diana Housley, 21st May 2011

    In introducing Diana and saying how good the sunshine was, the sun immediately went behind a cloud. This, however, was not to be a bad omen for the morning. Diana explained that due to the extraordinarily warm weather, birds and the trees were more advanced than one might expect at this time of year. The leaf coverage would make bird spotting a little tricky…

  • Working with the Americans 1953-1962

    While I was at Isleworth Grammar school, my parents saw an advert to become a cartographer for the War Office. I applied, and was sent to the War Office in Bushy Park. The Americans were there working, producing maps for the RAF. This work was carried out from 1947 on the American base. The Americans were there from 1942 onwards.

    Read more…

  • Stud Nursery Walk

    Approximately 50 of us met at Lion Gate at 11.00 on a glorious sunny morning.

    We were accompanied by Jeremy Osborne, a gardener at the Nursery and Barbara Smith, a Garden History guide at Hampton Court.

    Read more…

  • AGM Talk: Restoration and Renewal – the ongoing Story

    A talk by Ray Brodie, Bushy Park Manager 25th February 2011

    Ray reminded us that Bushy Park is an important sanctuary for wildlife. A full ecology report started in 2004 is ongoing and has discovered a rare species of beetle not seen for 150 years. Last year another 5 red book beetle species were recorded. Also, the importance of the red and fallow deer to the ecology of the Park cannot be underestimated.

    Read more…

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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.