Norman Chamberlain Playing Fields
Packington Avenue, Birmingham B34 7RB
- How to get there and parking
Entrances off Pithall Road and Packington Avenue.
Car park can be accessed from the Pithall Road entrance.
Nearest bus stop on Packington Avenue.
- About the park
This park is named after the prominent city councillor and soldier Norman Chamberlain - cousin of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain - who died serving his country during World War One. It forms part of the larger Kingfisher Country Park, which was opened in July 2004 to create an 11km green corridor along a stretch of the River Cole valley. This has substantially improved the area for people and wildlife.
The park includes Shard End a man-made lake which was created in the remains of an old gravel quarry. Fishing is allowed on the lake, which also attracts wildlife, insects and on a balmy sunny day is an ideal spot to sit and relax.
The park is also well stocked with other facilities including play equipment for children and basketball courts and an area for football.
The River Cole runs along the southern section of the park and kingfishers and herons are a common sight, feeding on fish in the river. Water voles and mink are both associated with the river. Otters have also been recorded at the lower reaches of the Cole.
- Video introduction
- Facilities at the park
- Basketball courts
- Car park (can be accessed from the Pithall Road entrance)
- Children’s playground
- Football pitch
- There are no toilets on site.
- Points of interest
- The Memory Tree – an area of contemplation and relaxation located at the southern end of the park.
- River Cole
- Shard End Lake
- Home of Birmingham Sea Cadets
- Other features