Selly Oak Park
Ginnibs Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6SS
- How to get there and parking
Bus routes 11, 76 and 84 stop on Harborne Lane, No X64 stops on Weoley Avenue and Nos 448 and 647 on Gibbins Road. Selly Oak Rail Station is 1/2 mile away.
Entrances to the park off Gibbins Road and via a path from Reservoir Road.
- About the park
Consisting of more than 30 acres of medieval deer park, this is the largest public open space in the Selly Oak district of Birmingham. Situated close to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and University of Birmingham, it now provides a pleasant oasis in a bustling part of the city.
The adjoining old Lapal Canal, a Millennium Wood and an avenue of mature oak trees provide Selly Oak Park with a range of natural habitats for birds, bats and insects. To celebrate this, a unique nature trail has been set up in the park combining information points, sculptures and play features.
The trail also celebrates the history of the park from its earliest roots as a deer park through to it becoming the first public park in Selly Oak more than 100 years ago.
Other features include a children’s playground, and the annual Selly Oak Festival is held every summer in the park, combining a BBQ with circus events, donkey rides, crafts and games. In 2013, the park was formally recognised with Green Flag status.
- Video introduction
- Facilities at the park
- Children’s playground
- Parking – at Scout Hut on edge of park, adjacent to Gibbins Road
- Football pitch
- Outdoor gym equipment
- Awards and status
Green Flag Award
- There are no toilets on site
- Points of interest
- Annual Selly Oak festival
- Nature trail featuring information points, sculptures and play features
- Other features
- 2-kilometre walking route through the park
- Accessible paths (the majority of the nature trail can be accessed by wheelchair but the willow sculptures can only be accessed across grass)
- Park friends group
- Parks friends group activities
Founded in 2006, the Friends of Selly Oak Park acts as a voice for the park, representing its needs and the needs of its users.
- Carry out litter picks
- Involved in planting and conservation work
- Gather historical information about the park