The Landscape Guide

Bushey Park

The 445 ha.Bushey Park is less well known than the other Royal Parks. It adjoins Hampton Court and owes its present grandeur to William III's gardeners, London and Wise. A wide and majestic avenue of triple rows of horse chestnut trees runs through the park. It encloses a large round pool designed by Christopher Wren with a statue of Diana by Francesco Fanelli. Fallow deer graze under the trees in the park.

The tranquility of the park is spoiled by motor vehicles. The avenue was inspired by French precedents but its current managers should be looking more closely at the palace of Versailles than the Champs Elysee. At the very least, the central avenue should be closed to through traffic on Sundays, like the Mall and the road through Greenwich Park.

Access from Park Road, Richmond.

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The great fountain was brought to Bushey Park from the old garden at Somerset House

Bushey Park is spoiled by traffic - and it is amazing that no cycle path has been made between the road and the avenue of trees