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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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Report on 'Grow Your Own' by Cleve West

Report on 'Grow Your Own' by Cleve West

Grow Your Own
A talk by Cleve West
at the FBHP Annual General Meeting, March 2nd 2012

Cleve has an allotment adjoining Bushy Park and this is his 12th year. Allotment gardening is the opposite of designing for the Chelsea Flower Show as everyone is equal at the allotments.

12 years ago there were many vacant plots so he added the plot next door, built a shed and some raised beds.
The first year he managed to harvest a sack full of potatoes and one strawberry, only in the second a third years did he grow ‘real’ food.

Cleve gardens organically and doesn’t like killing any wildlife, so no slug pellets. His broad beans attract ladybirds, so no problem with aphids; he may trap rats, mice and rabbits and protects his crops against squirrels and pigeons. This year he had the added problem of alium leaf miner which ruined his leeks.

Borage and nigella are planted to attract insects and bees love the flowers of dianthus and fennel. Comfrey and nettles help fertilise the soil.

There is also a pond with frogs, toads and a grass snake and log piles to provide a habitat for stag beetles.

The addition of a greenhouse has increased the variety of what can be grown. He has a sedum roof on the shed, a scarecrow and compost heaps which look like beehives.

Cleve practices crop rotation but doesn’t always follow the rule book, taking advice from other allotment holders.

Common mistakes include underestimating the time requirement, planting too early, sowing too much, planting vegetables you don’t really like, not protecting crops and under or over watering.

The joy of allotment gardening is all about community and sharing with others. At the open days Cleve makes the best onion bhajis and a clay oven makes very good pizzas.

He has written a book entitled ’My Plot’ which is full of useful tips and lovely photos.

Many thanks to Cleve for a most interesting talk and for sparing the time in the busy run up to the Chelsea Flower Show.

Report by 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.