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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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Tour of Garrick's Temple

Tour of Garrick's Temple

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

16th July 2011

On a very damp day we were given a tour of Garrick’s Temple at Hampton and the gardens. The gardens visit was fairly brief, as we took cover inside the temple.

Ron Smedley told us that the beautiful octagonal building was built in 1756 and it now holds a most interesting exhibition about the celebrated actor manager, David Garrick. He was one of the few actors of the time who had the means and success to build such a grand country house, which he built to celebrate Shakespeare. In one of the alcoves there is a very fine life statue of the playwright.

There has been a complete restoration over the last few years which show Garrick’s acting life and his private life as a gentleman of Hampton. The temple is open to the public on Sunday afternoons from 2 until 5 from the start of April to the end of October.

We thank Ron Smedley and the volunteers for giving us such a delightful morning.

Pieter Morpurgo

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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.