The writer has lived for many years in Birmingham but had never heard of the Walkers Heath area, located near Druid’s Heath and Kings Norton, until the Friends of Walkers Heath Park started to ‘make waves’. A group of residents – representing all kinds of people living nearby – pensioners, students, the unemployed and people balancing work with family, set up the Friends of Walkers Heath Park in November 2011.

They are developing the park as a focus for community activity, improving play areas, planted areas, wildlife conservation, health and safety, footpaths, sports and recreation facilities.

Walkers Heath Park has been transformed into a thriving part of the community.Other activities and events in Walkers Heath Park will be developed in response to the concerns and interests of the users of the park. The Friends hope to achieve this through liaison with the relevant Birmingham City Council departments and working in partnership with other organisations, keeping local people informed about proposed projects and other matters of interest.

Their news:

The park has been awarded £50,000 from Central Government for ‘park repairs’ – to entrances, access, paths and courts.

Walkers Heath Park will receive a ‘Community Orchard’ via Catch22/Positive Futures a local charity working with disadvantaged young people on the Three Estates.

The Walkers Heath Park Community Games took place on Saturday 19 May to help to reconnect local people with this great recreational asset. It was the first big event hosted by the Friends, aimed at all the community, inspired by, and in celebration of, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

There was an opening and closing ceremony, and events including archery, netball, football, rounders, tug-of-war, volleyball/tennis, British Military Fitness and bike polo as well as traditional sports day event for the small children. 

For further information: Email: leanne@friendsofthepark

A bonus: discovering Walkers Heath Allotments

Walkers Heath Allotments on the border of Warwickshire and Worcestershire were designed by Geoff Cole in the early 1970s. They are in a quiet corner surrounded by park and farmland, with country lanes nearby and wildlife ‘joining’ allotment holders throughout the year.