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Bushy and Home Parks
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Bushy and Home Parks

About The Parks

Historically, the two parks were associated with Hampton Court Palace and the monarchs who resided there. The parks were hunting grounds for the pleasure of the monarchs and were stocked to support the palace’s residents. The parks have fascinating histories, and both are correctly described as Royal Parks.

These are deer parks, in which the wild deer herds roam freely. Bushy Park has two herds, Red deer and Fallow deer. Home Park has one herd of Fallow deer. The parks are habitats for many bird species and other animals. The dead wood in the parks is habitat for invertebrates, some of which are threatened and rare. Both parks are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and today their principal features are space, tranquility and unspoilt nature.

Who We Are

The “Friends of Bushy and Home Parks” is a charity dedicated to the protection, conservation, improvement and increased appreciation of the parks.

We are composed entirely of members, many of whom are volunteers. We have no employed and full-time staff. We work with The Royal Parks’ and with Historic Royal Palaces’ management teams to achieve our aims.

If you have never been to Bushy Park or Home Park, then you might want to start at the Visitor Centre to find out from our volunteers about these two fascinating parks.


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Welcome to our new website!
We have been using the time during lockdown to completely renew our website. The contents have been updated in what we hope you will agree is an attractive and easy to navigate design.


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Tom Jarvis, Director of Parks at The Royal Parks, said: “Following the Prime Minister’s latest address, we are pleased that our parks can remain open for essential daily exercise, be that a run, walk or cycle. People are permitted to exercise once a day…


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A joint bid from Bushy Park, the National Physical Laboratory and the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks has successfully won a competition to acquire an apple tree sapling that has been grown from a pip taken by astronaut Tim Peake to the Space Station. The pip is from the apple tree at…


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A project to protect and increase wildlife across 5,000 acres of London parkland has received a £750k boost, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The new award will allow The Royal Parks’…

Walks and Talks

Walks and Talks Calendar 2020 – Currently all are cancelled due to COVID-19
Friday 26 June Walk: Hampton Court Gardens, Nursery and Kitchen garden
  Led by Gregory Leeson. Meet at Lion Gate, 11 a.m.
Saturday 5 September Walk: Bushy Park deer
  Led by John Locke. Meet at Visitor Centre, 11 a.m.
Friday 9 October Talk: How birds work
  Given by John Buckingham. Normansfield Theatre, 8 p.m.
Saturday 31 October Working session with Bushy Park’s Head Gardener
  Led by Sharon Evans. Woodland Gardens,11 a.m.
Friday 6 November Talk: A funny thing happened on the way to the potting shed
  Given by Nick Dobson. Normansfield Theatre, 8 p.m.
Friday 4 December Tree Pests and Diseases
  Given by Ana Perez. Normansfield Theatre, 8 p.m.

Messages From Our Team

Welcome to our website
Welcome to our website. If you are visiting either of these two wonderful parks for the first time prepare to be delighted. They are natural spaces with centuries-old history and fascinating wildlife. I hope you will treat the parks with respect and, like us in the Friends, ensure they can be enjoyed for centuries to come. Colin Muid, Chair, FBHP.
If you love the parks
If you love the parks and you often tell others about the them, we want you to join us as a volunteer at our Visitor Centre. We are a friendly, helpful team and we enjoy telling visitors about the wildlife, history and secrets of the parks. You get a smart uniform, too. Rosemary MacColl, Volunteer Coordinator, FBHP.
Join the Friends
Join the Friends and help us to look after these parks. With more members our voice is stronger and we can achieve more. By the way, our membership fee is really quite low. Membership Secretary, FBHP.

Current Campaign

“You needed the parks, now they need you.”
Help us to continue our support of these two parks as the COVID-19 pandemic eases. Both park organisations have lost substantial revenues during the lockdown, due to Royal Parks’ event cancellations and Historic Royal Palaces closures. We want to help fund some of the parks’ modest projects which might otherwise be delayed by the substantial loss of income. If you have been a frequent or occasional user of the parks during lockdown, for your exercise and health, you may want to recognise it by giving something back. You can, by giving to our campaign.

Visitor Sightings

30 May 2020
Bushy Park. Six cygnets hatched in Swan’s nest on Leg of Mutton pond.
29 May 2020
Home Park. Kestrel nesting in tree near Overflow Pond.
20 May 2020
Home Park. Skylark spotted on ground. Kestrel chick seen being fed by parent.
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