|Friends of Muntz Park
And Selly Park Rec.
Selly Oak, Birmingham
Our Annual General Meeting is in February each year.
Daffodil Labyrinth in Selly Park Rec
In February 2008 we received a grant from BOSF hold a series of work parties in both Muntz Park and Selly Park Rec. We purchased hand tools, shrubs, bedding flowers, meadow plants and seed.
We held a series of work parties. The first work party was to plant some perennial herbs and flowers around each of new fruit trees that were planted by nursery children from Raddlebarn School. The new plants chosen echo the colours and planting style an existing scheme nearby.
The other work parties were both held in Muntz Park to plant two areas of wild flower meadow from plug plants. One for woodland plants and one in full sun. The main meadow in Muntz Park runs along the Gristhorpe Road side where the crocus grow.
We planted: Ragged Robin, Self Heal, Red Campion, Primrose, Oxeye Daisy, Musk Mallow, Greater Knapweed, Fox Glove, Field Scabious, Betony and White Campion. We also created posters to be displayed on the closest park notice board to help park users identify them as they come into flower.
Community Garden and Orchard
Picnic Benches and Bins
Community notice boards
We took part in the 'Real' Christmas Tree Recycling scheme again this year. A compound was put up in Muntz Park for local residents to bring their old Christmas trees. Then the trees were shredded on site and chippings are being used in another local park.
We managed to recycle a fantastic 180 trees this year. We are very pleased with the quantity of trees brought to be recycled and hope to increase the number next year.
Junior Goal Posts
Junior goal posts were expertly installed in Muntz Park on 6th September 2006. They are very well used after school and at the weekends.
We celebrated the park's anniversary again this year with a Birthday Picnic on Friday 19th May 2006. We will also be opened the new play area on this day with a visit from the Deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham and live music.
It had been raining all day but as the band arrived to set up it the sky began to brighten and the rain held off all afternoon.
The children came out of their centenary gates into the park waving flags. The Deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Michael Nangle cut the ribbon on the play area gate and the children sang Happy Birthday to their park. Joanna Randle unveiled the history board and received some flowers.
The Head Teacher of Raddlebarn Primary School, Mrs Chamberlin, thanked the Friends of Muntz Park Committee, Simon Cooper (Parks Manager) and Nigel Cartwright (Playground Services Manager) for all their hard work.
As we had hoped many families and local resident stayed for a picnic and to use the brand new play area. Two bands played live music from the bandstand in the school playground.
The event was attended by around 500 people: Raddlebarn children, teachers and parents, local residents, councillors, council officers and friends of Muntz Park.
The play area in Muntz Park was well used but very run down and was much too small for the amount of children trying to play there. In May 2006 it was refurbished and extended with a rubberised surface. �110 thousand pounds was obtained from Central Bids by Simon Cooper the Parks Manager for Selly Oak and Hall Green Districts. A consultation meeting was held in November 2005 to look at the prospective suppliers and product ranges. The school council at Raddlebarn Primary School have also been consulted. We have been included in every stage of the decision making process.
We are the first council owned park in Birmingham to have a petal roundabout, windpipes, talk tubes or a basket swing.
We have been researching the history of Muntz Park and now have a historical interpretation panel on display in the park.
Biffaward small grants scheme awarded us almost �5000 for benches and bins in Muntz Park.
At a public meeting we chose cast iron benches with metal slats in black and green with the dates 1905 and 2005 to mark the parks centenary. Some picnic benches in green to go near the play area and black and gold litter bins.
They have now been installed and are being well used.
An article in the Birmingham Post about the Raddlebarn Centenary Gates opening in January 2006.
Community notice boards
Here's an article from Birmingham City Council's Forward Newspaper on 5th October 2005, about the ranger that works with our group.
Let us know if you are interested in being involved in any of our work parties or come along to our next meeting.