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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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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.

Barbara arrived with a posy of flowers; several were blue and quite similar – Chinadoxia, Wild Hyacinth, Wood Anemone and Grape Hyacinth.

She also pointed out the ‘Green Man’ (a symbol of rebirth) which is included in the stone masonry either side of Lion gate. We walked through to the Formal Gardens, passing a Victorian drinking fountain of note, and so into Home Park.

There are 250 Fallow deer in the Park and recently some deformities of antlers etc. have been found. A new strain of 3 young bucks from Germany has been introduced and it is hoped this will rectify the problem.

On arrival at the Stud Nursery, Jeremy explained there is joint funding of the operation between Kingston Council and Mencap.

15-20 people with learning difficulties attend each day, growing many bedding plants from seed and there is also a small woodworking department. The site was very overgrown and has now been largely cleared to include some raised beds and a poly tunnel, although a Victorian greenhouse would benefit from restoration.

Potential volunteers would be very welcome – there is an open day planned for April 7th. – anyone interested should contact Naomi.blackwell@rbk.kingston.gov.uk

There are also 2 days this year when the Nursery is open to the public – May 22nd. and August 7th. Several of us intend to return to buy plants

We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit and many thanks go to Jeremy and Barbara.

Jane Cliff, March 2011

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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

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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.