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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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Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine

Stinging Nettles have many uses

Talk given by Jo Dunbar on Thursday May 26th 2011

Jo is a highly qualified Medical herbalist with a thriving practice in St. Margarets. You can visit her website here.

The talk was about the wonders of weeds, usually considered an unwanted plant but because they are extraordinarily tough, herbalists value them. A plant grown under ideal conditions makes a weak medicine; one which has grown wild usually produces a robust medicine. These plants have been used to heal for hundreds of years and were considered magical and home to spirits, gods or goddesses.

Some of the plants described by Jo are listed below:

Burdock – the roots are usually used and have antibiotic properties

Dock can be used when there are multiple boils as it helps the body remove the toxin

Ribwort (Plantain) is best for nettle and red ant stings and also for hay fever

Stinging nettle has many uses including helping with anaemia and stopping internal bleeding

Elder – the flowers have anti-inflammatory properties and when made into a tea can help with itchy hay fever eyes; the berries are antiviral and the leaf can be used as a fly repellent.

Vinca Minor (Periwinkle) – evidence of improved blood flow particularly to the brain and application in cases of dementia (should not be self-administered)

Feverfew – the leaf can be eaten to help with headaches

Greater Celandine – the bright yellow sap when the leaf is cut can be used to treat warts.

Hops have long been known to help sleep and have oestrogenic properties

Brambles and Hindberries are a good source of Vitamin C which is also an antioxidant

St. John’s Wort had long been used as a nerve tonic and antidepressant

This only scratches the surface of this most interesting and complex subject. Jo hoped that we had been enlightened about the wonders of weeds and their importance in helping to heal our bodies and minds.
These plants contain a variety of chemical compounds and should only be used on the recommendation of a qualified herbalist.

Many thanks to Jo for a most interesting and informative talk.

Jane Cliff

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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.

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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.