Friends of Cofton Park
The Friends of Cofton Park were created in April 2013 to give the community a say in what happens in our park because things seemed to happen that we were unaware of. Since then the Friends Group has become more focussed on encouraging the local community to use the park for their own pleasure and to attend various events that have either been organised by ourselves or by the council. We also work with the Ranger Service to look after the park by planting new hedgerows to mark the old field boundaries of Low Hill Farm whose land was gifted to the citizens of Birmingham in 1933 to create a park. We are friendly and always happy to welcome new volunteers. There are no membership fees to pay and activities are on a turn up and join in basis. We take safety very seriously; no unaccompanied children are allowed at events and we also advise volunteers to dress appropriately for the task in which they are participating. We have 135 acres of parkland consisting of a marshy area, a deciduous woodland, a pine plantation and acres of green space. We have football pitches, some cricket pitches, a set of rugby posts to enable people to practice their drop kicks. We have rare plants and people can see a variety of birds as well as the odd squirrel or if really lucky, a Muntjac deer. We have wild fruits to harvest too mainly blackberries but if you look hard enough you will be able to find wild raspberries which make the most delicious jam. Our park is also home to Cofton Nurseries which provide all the plants for the flower displays across the city. Our park is tranquil with space to think and admire the view. We have old trees, wild fruits, some open grassland, walks, dog walking, picnic area, sports pitches, children’s play area, parking, benches, rare plants and birdsong.