Bushy Park is an amazing marriage of formal landscape and wild rural character. The centrepiece of the Park is the Diana (or Arethusa) Fountain, regarded as one of the most important sculptures in Britain. The Fountain is approached by Chestnut Avenue which is a magnificent, mile-long avenue conceived by Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th century to impress visitors to Hampton Court Palace.
Bushy also has an important place in more contemporary history. During WWII, it was used by General Eisenhower as his base whilst planning the D-Day landings.
The park is a haven for wildlife and herds of both Red and Fallow deer still roam the Park, as they have done since Henry VIII's time. Many species of bird thrive in Bushy's rural atmosphere, including Sandpipers, Heron and Woodpeckers. The park is also home to the very rare Double Line Moth and one of the best sites in the capital to see bats.
The park has recently undergone a multi-million pound restoration project, which restored many of its 'lost' features, such as the magnificent water gardens, and provided new facilities such as a visitor and education centre.
There's plenty to see and do in the park. For the kids there's a children's playground, cycling is allowed on all roads, there are bridle paths for horse riding and a number of great cricket clubs to join! The Woodland Gardens offer tranquil surroundings for walks and contemplation and a mini-café offers deli-style snacks.