About Cotteridge Park

Cotteridge Park is one of the many early 20th Century parks created in Birmingham to improve the health & well-being of its citizens.  It is made up of 22 acres accrued by a series of purchases made by the former Kings Norton Urban District Council between February 1905 and December 1909.  The park was transeferred to Birmingham Corporation in 1911.

The park is owned by Birmingham City Council (and therefore all the people who live in Birmingham).  The maintenance of the park is carried out by a private company, Quadron, contracted by Birmingham City Council.

The Friends of Cotteridge Park are the volunteers who carry out all the additional activities and work not covered by the city council contract.  To find out more about the Friends of Cotteridge Park click here.

Are they “Meteorites”?  There are a number of large rocks within the park and their history often excites many local residents and visitors.  They are not meteorites but glacial boulders.  These boulders traveled all the way from north Wales are a feature of the drift geology of this region.  They stretch from Bromsgrove to Sutton Coldfield in a narrow zone suggestive of a terminal moraine.  One of the boulders was formerly embedded in the wall of the Great Stone Inn at Northfield and others can be seen in Cannon Hill Park, at the University campus at Edgbaston and by Bournville Station, but they were once scattered throughout the locality.  For more information click here.

Richard Turner, Cotteridge Park Keeper

Richard, the Cotteridge Park KeeperCotteridge Park is very fortunate to have an on-site Park Keeper. Richard has been working in Cotteridge Park for many years and is well known to generations of park users and their dogs.
He combines his horticultural and grounds maintenance duties with a friendly smile, a willingness to get involved with FoCP projects and a knowledge of what’s going on where. He will happily help with questions about plant care and wildlife.
Richard is a vital part of what makes Cotteridge Park so very special.  Thanks to Richard’s employers, Quadron, for all their support.

 

Ranger Dean Paul, Birmingham City Council

Ranger Dean is a member of the Birmingham City Council’s Ranger Service.  Ranger Dean is one of the team responsible for ensuring that the park is safe for users and volunteers.

Ranger Dean is a Forest School educator and an expert on the flora and fauna of the park.  Ranger Dean supports the volunteers and helps with the schools, youth clubs and other organisations that visit the park.