Selly Oak Park: More than 30 acres of a medieval deer park, later part of Weoley Park Farm, all a gift to the district from the Gibbins Family (of Birmingham Battery Company fame), provide a pleasant oasis in a busy part of the City, with characteristic views of its neighbours, the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the University of Birmingham. The park has recently been awarded Green Flag 2013-14 status!
In 1899 the first gift of 11 acres became the first park opened by the former Kings Norton and Northfield Urban District Council. The park was extended in 1913, in 1922 and again in 1952.
As well as the usual array of play equipment, the park boasts an interesting Nature, Art and History Trail, supported by a children’s quiz downloadable from the website managed by the Friends of Selly Oak Park (FoSOP).
The history of the park has been researched in detail, and that for the period 1896-1911 has been published in a book, whilst the subsequent period is available on a dedicated website.
The park is the last resting place of a stump of the famous old (1720-1909) Selly Oak oak tree, and an interpretation board tells its story.
photo right - image of an original piece of oak from which the name Selly Oak was derived, though modern research indicates that the name predates even 1720, which dendochronology suggests was when the tree was planted.
Selly Oak Park
78 Gibbins Road
Tel: 0121 472 6268
13 Bon Accord House
21 Sherbourne Road
Tel: 0121 707 3751
All day, all year
Nature, Art and History Trail (with brochure and children’s quiz downloadable from FoSOP website)
Selly Oak oak tree interpretation board
Detailed history - book (“The Heydays of Selly Oak Park” by Ken Pugh, History Into Print, 2010) and website
Please note – there are no permanent refreshment or toilet facilities in the Park, but these are available in a supermarket a few hundred yards from the Park.
The site is gently undulating and the majority of the paths are suitable for wheelchairs.
Buses numbers 11, 76 and 84 stop on Harborne Lane; number X64 stops on Weoley Avenue; and numbers 448 and 647 on Gibbins Road.
A number of buses stop on Bristol Road only ¼ mile away.
Selly Oak Rail Station is ½ mile away.
Please park at the Scout Hut on Gibbins Road near its junction with Harborne Lane.
One hour and upwards.