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, Idverde, sub-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 and 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.
In 2017 FoCP received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, part of which, is being used to find out more about the history and the geology of the rocks.
In November 2017 – after more than 100 years – Cotteridge Park no longer has on-site Park Keeper. 20 years after the first “Save the Park Keeper” campaign austerity has won and the Council no longer has the money to pay for a park keeper for Cotteridge Park.
More volunteers are needed to fill the gap – please get in touch if you can donate some time.
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.