Plant Nurseries And Floral Decorations
Cofton and Coleshill Plant Nurseries produce over 2.2 million plants a year for the City's parks and open spaces, along with more than 4000 hanging baskets and containers that can be seen all across the City.
Kings Heath Nursery is the home to Birmingham City Council's Floral Decorating Team, supplying a first class flower arrangement service for both corporate and private functions and venues.
The departments abilities are often showcased at national level, attending and winning awards at a number of prestigious events. In 2011 these included:
BBC Gardeners' World Live - Gold Medal - The Plight Of The Gorilla
BBC Gardeners' World Live - Silver Gilt - Show Feature (Flora range)
Chelsea Flower Show 2011 - Silver - The Plight Of The Gorilla
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2011 - Silver Gilt - RHS National Flower Bed Competition
Heart Of England In Bloom (part of RHS Britain In Bloom):
Gold Award - Large City Category 2011
Overall Winner - Heart of England in Bloom 2011
A Brief History Of Birmingham City Council's Plant Nurseries
In the early days of the Parks Department each park had it's own greenhouse where parks staff would propagate and grow plants for that particular site. The greenhouses were run by a team of highly skilled and qualified propagators. Handsworth Park for example had the second largest greenhouse in the City, employing one full time propagator, four first class skilled gardeners, one labourer and four apprentices. Plant production on a site by site basis was a often very labour intensive, during the winter months staff would have to return to the glasshouse to refuel the boiler.
In 1969 the decision was taken to consolidate the City's glasshouses. Cofton Nursery was opened on the 7th July 1970 by Alderman L.M.Wood (J.P, FSVA, Chairman of the Parks Committee) and supplied the south of the City's parks, traffic islands and the City Centre. Following on from the success of Cofton, in 1986 the decision was made to build another nursery at Coleshill to supply the north of the City.