The End of and Era

After more than 100 years Cotteridge Park is losing it’s on-site Park Keeper.

In 1997 the first attempt to remove the last member of staff on site was halted by the new Friends of Cotteridge Park.

20 years later austerity has won and the Council no longer has the money and the Park Keeper will go.

More volunteers are needed to fill the gap.  Get in touch if you want to take on some gardening or conservation tasks.  Send an email to

A building for coffee and toilets...would that make Cotteridge Park a more welcoming place?

A Community Building for Cotteridge Park

FoCP is undertaking a project to find out whether replacing the old Sons of Rest Building and toilet block would make the park more welcoming.

A feasibility grant from Sport England as got the process started.

Click on this link to see the survey.  So far there there have been 458 responses with 89% in favour of a community building in the park.

FoCP-Location + site layout

The report from the consultation meeting and the detailed results of the survey will be available here by Mid November.

If you want more details about the project plans or went to get involved in the planning and fundraising please send an email to



NEW: Free Tennis on Sundays

Starts on Sunday 5th November from 11am

Free coaching and all equipment supplied.

So why not give it a go?

Go to to book in advance


Gardening Volunteers Needed - Tuesdays & Sundays

wheelbarrow compressed Volunteers are always needed for a variety of tasks .  Everything from weeding and planting to dead hedging and tree felling.  Followed by hot drinks & biscuits – what more could you ask for? And you get to relax in the sun in a wheelbarrow.

Tuesdays 10-11am.  Sundays 10.15-11.15.  Meet at the shed.

Email: if you want to join in

Support Cotteridge Park - Make a Donation

The Friends of Cotteridge Park needs your help to continue running free community activities.

Can you donate some money every month to keep these activities running for free now that grant funding is less available?

Click here to donate securely via Just Giving – you can even add Gift Aid to make your donation go further.

Whether it’s £2 a month or £20 it will make sure that all activities can stay free at the point of delivery.

Your money will not be used to do the tasks that are the responsibility of Birmingham City Council – you already pay Council Tax for those.

SwingFit - Dance yourself Happy - Winter 2017/18

From October 18th we are meeting at the Cadbury Club in case of wet and darkness.

Free swing dance fun on Wednesdays at 6pm.

Doesn’t matter if you don’t know your left from your right or your shimmy from your shorty George…just join in.

Meet on the grass next to the courts.

Free because it is part of ParkLives and Active Parks

Tai Chi & Walking Group Thursdays

IMG-20130321-00246 Thursday is the day for gentle exercise in Cotteridge Park.  You don’t have to get hot and sweaty to get fitter.  Improve your breathing, balance and state of mind by joining the Walking or Tai Chi groups.

The Walking Group meets at the car park entrance at 10am.  Friendly people to walk & chat with.

Tai Chi starts at 10.30 and is a form of gentle exercise that combines deep breathing & relaxation techniques with slow, graceful movements.These sessions are suitable for beginners, just wear comfortable clothes & shoes. If you want to know more about Tai Chi click here to read Bridget’s Blog.

Meet at the basketball court. And if it’s too cold or wet for you click here for a video of a session you can join in with

GreenFit Baby & NEW Baby Stroll

20140304_095630GreenFit Baby is at 9.30am now on Wednesdays – a great way to get some fresh air, a little exercise & meet other parents & carers.   We meet at the Car Park entrance at 9.30am.

Baby Stroll is the NEW beginners class…as it says more of a stroll and a chat for new parents who want to make friends and get out of the house. It’s the class for you if you are dealing with anxiety or post- natal depression, have had an injury or a difficult birth.  Meet at the Orchard at 11am.

Here’s what some of the Mum’s at the beginners class say:

“I’m so glad I heard about GreenFit Baby beginner class! In just 2 months my fitness has improved so much that I can now run up and down hills without being too out of breath. My weight loss has been an added bonus and I’m toning up nicely.

The physical changes aren’t the only plusses to going. I’ve met some fabulous people with babies of the same age and look forward to catching up with them each week.”

“I came along to this mornings beginners session. I’m so glad I did! Even though I didn’t know anybody I was made to feel welcome! I struggle with confidence but that was no issue with these lovely ladies! I can’t recommend joining one of these groups enough! Thank you and I can’t wait until next time!

The trainers, Sarah and Lorraine, are supportive and encouraging at all times and help look after our well-being in all areas! I’d recommend it to anyone with young babies and children.”



Pre-Schoolers Forest School

IMAG0056 Ranger Dean from Birmingham City Council is running a weekly Forest School session for pre-school age children and their carers. Bugs, mud, leaves, trees and plants – come suitably dressed! It’s FREE Meet at the Forest School – behind the Millennium Wood.