|Location||Teddington and Hampton, London|
|Area||445 hectares (1,100 acres)|
|Operated by||The Royal Parks|
The area now known as Bushy Park has been settled for at least the past 4,000 years: the earliest archaeological records that have been found on the site date back to the Bronze Age. There is also evidence that the area was used in the medieval period for agricultural purposes.
When Henry VIII took over Hampton Court Palace from Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in 1529, the King also took over the three parks that make up modern day Bushy Park: Hare Warren, Middle Park and Bushy Park. A keen hunter, he established them as deer-hunting grounds.
His successors, perhaps less involved in the traditional sporting activities, added a number of picturesque features, including the Longford River, a nineteen-kilometre canal built on the orders of Charles I of England to provide water to Hampton Court, as well as the Park's various ponds. This period also saw the construction of the Park's main thoroughfare, Chestnut Avenue, which runs from Park Road in Teddington to the Lion Gate entrance of Hampton Court Palace on Hampton Court Road. This Avenue and the Arethusa 'Diana' Fountain were designed by Sir Christopher Wren as a grand approach to Hampton Court Palace.
The Park has long been popular with locals, but also attracts those from further afield. From the mid-Nineteenth Century until World War II Londoners came here to celebrate Chestnut Sunday here and to see the abundant blooming of the trees along Chestnut Avenue, discovered and resurrected in 1993 by Colin and Mu Pain.
Among those who have served as Ranger (an honorary position, long including residence at Bushy House) are King William IV, while Duke of Clarence (1797–1830). To ensure his wife and consort, Queen Adelaide, could remain at their long-time home after his death, he immediately appointed her as his successor as Ranger (1830–1849). 
During World War I, Bushy Park was home to the King's Canadian Hospital, and between the wars it hosted a camp for undernourished children.
During World War II, General Dwight D. Eisenhower planned the D-Day landings from Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) at Camp Griffiss in the Park. A memorial by Carlos Rey  dedicated to the Allied troops who fell on D-Day now marks the spot where General Eisenhower's tent stood. From 1942, the site, which was also known by the codename Widewing, hosted the de facto headquarters of the US Eighth Air Force under Maj Gen (later Lt Gen) Carl Spaatz, who went on to command the US Army Air Forces throughout the European Theatre of Operations (ETO). In early 1944, Spaatz became commander of the newly formed US Strategic Air Forces (USSTAF) in Europe at Bushy Park.
The Park today
Originally created for Royal sport, Bushy Park is now home to Teddington Rugby Club, Teddington Hockey Club (during the late 1800s, the modern game of field hockey was largely invented at Bushy), and four cricket clubs, including Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club, Teddington Cricket Club and Hampton Hill Cricket Club.
The park is also home to several lodges and cottages, Bushy House, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) at the Teddington end and the Royal Paddocks, and two areas of allotments, the Royal Paddocks Allotments at Hampton Wick and the Bushy Park Allotments at Hampton Hill.
As part of an ongoing upgrade of the Park facilities, including a new Pheasantry Café, the restored and largely reconstructed Upper Lodge Water Gardens were opened to the public in October 2009. The work was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The closest railway stations are Hampton Court in East Molesey to the south, Hampton Wick to the east, Teddington and Fulwell to the north, and Hampton to the west. All are within a 10- to 20-minute walk.
Transport for London bus routes 111, 216, 265 and 411 pass the Hampton Court Gate on Hampton Court Road (the main southern entrance to the Park).
R70, R68 and 285 buses stop near the two Hampton Hill Gates off the High Street, while the R68 also serves the Blandford Road Gate (next to the NPL on Hampton Road, Teddington) before continuing to Hampton Court Green via Hampton Hill.
To the north the main Teddington gate on Park Road and a second on Sandy Lane are only served by an hourly 481 bus service. But the main gate is best reached, either on foot or by car, from Teddington's town centre, via Park Road, or from the railway station.
The main north and south Gates, connected by the Chestnut Avenue causeway, provide vehicle access to through traffic from 6.30am until dusk or 7.00pm in the winter months.
The public car parks are free, thanks in part to strong opposition from both the public and politicians of all parties to a plan by the Royal Parks to introduce charges in 2010. See the official map of Bushy Park .
This official plan omits one of the largest, most popular car parks, Upper Lodge (approx 500 metres west of Cannon Gate), foreshadowing Royal Parks decision to close it permanently on 8 November 2010, in favour of the new Pheasantry and Clapperstile car parks. However their combined capacity is unlikely to cope with parking demands on sunny weekends, with the potential for clogging nearby residential roads.
- Bushy Park: Royals, Rangers and Rogues, Kathy White and Peter Foster, Foundry Press (1997) ISBN 0-9530245-0-4
- William Page (Editor) (1911). "Spelthorne Hundred: Hampton Court Palace: parks". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 2: General; Ashford, East Bedfont with Hatton, Feltham, Hampton with Hampton Wick, Hanworth, Laleham, Littleton. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
- Upper Lodge Water Gardens: BBC illustrated news report