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.
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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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…
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…
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’…
|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.|
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