Tuesday 12 November 2013

Join us for traditional Christmas carols around an illuminated tree followed by seasonal refreshments.

Do you play a brass instrument? Contact carols at friendsofsellyoakpark.org.uk to join the band.

Organised by FoSOP, Ariel Scouts and local churches.

Wednesday 18 September 2013

Raising the flag

Friends of Selly Oak Park Committee with Green Flag

Friends and others gathered for flag raising

Cllr Karen McCarthy raises the flag

Tuesday 17 September 2013

Lapal Canal - Walk The Line

Join the Lapal Canal Trust to walk the line of the canal from Selly Oak to Halesowen

12 noon Sat 21st September

Meet by the Car Park in Selly Oak Park

Begin at noon in Selly Oak Park and ramble to Halesowen along the Lapal Line and the proposed "OTT" route through Woodgate Valley, pausing for brief explanations. Take a longer pause in California to eat a self-provided picnic lunch, and conclude with a self-provided picnic tea on arrival at The Leasowes.
(You may wish to participate in friendly exchanges of cake?) This may be followed by an optional visit to a local watering-hole.

Email membership<at>lapal.org if you plan to attend.

Saturday 7 September 2013

AGM and Flag Raising

Our AGM will be at 3pm Sun 15th Sept and will be followed at about 4pm by a ceremony to raise our recently awarded Green Flag and then by tea and cakes at the Scout Hut on Gibbins Rd. Please e-mail chairman @ friendsofsellyoakpark.org.uk if you intend to come for tea and cakes.

Tuesday 27 August 2013

Public Consultation on Dog Control Orders

The public consultation for Dog Control Orders has started. Many notices have been attached to parks notice boards - including those in Selly Oak Park. 
Walking Dog
Please read it through and get your comments in writing to:  The Head of Environmental, Development & Planning Team, Legal and Democratic Services, Legal Services, PO Box 15992, Birmingham, B2 2UQ (Quoting Ref: LS/PKU/126171) or submitted by email to Rahema.Begum@Birmingham.gov.uk by Friday 20 September 2013.

To read more about the orders go to:


Wednesday 21 August 2013

Date for your Diary

We'll post more details here soon. 

In the meantime reserve Sunday, 15th September 2013.

The Annual General Meeting will be held at 3pm in the Scout Hut, Gibbins Road.

Following that, at about 4 pm, we'll raise the Green Flag at the new flagpole near the Park Lodge in Gibbins Road; and then enjoy a few light refreshments.

Please e-mail info @ friendsofsellyoakpark.org.uk if you plan to stay for refreshments.

All welcome.

Watch this space.

Saturday 17 August 2013

Smelly Oak Park

In a bid to deter deer from damaging trees in the park we have treated a number of the damaged trees with a combination of clove oil, almond extract, pepper dust and flowers of sulphur - quite a smelly combination. Lets hope it works. Treated trees can be identified by the pale yellow deposit on their bark.

Monday 29 July 2013

Green Flag

We are delighted with the news that Selly Oak Park has been awarded Green Flag Status following a comprehensive assessment earlier this year. We thank Birmingham City Council and Quadron Services for their hard work in preparing the park for its inspection and for keeping the park in good condition all year round. We also thank our partner groups, Ariel Scouts and Lapal Canal Trust and all users of the park for their support.

Monday 1 July 2013

Lost falcon home safe and sound

Attendees at Saturday's Selly Oak Festival will be pleased to know that the falcon that flew off during the first display has now been found safe and sound.

Saturday 29 June 2013

Festival Lost Property

An iPod was handed in at today's Selly Oak festival. e-mail festival @ friendsofsellyoakpark.org.uk to retrieve.

Friday 28 June 2013

Festival going ahead

The Selly Oak Festival will go ahead as planned on Sat 29th June however there will be no fun fair this year.

Saturday 15 June 2013

Friday 24 May 2013

Damage Explained. Oh dear! Deer back again.

Earlier in the year we showed a picture of damage to some of the trees in the park. 

At first we thought this was vandalism.  Then someone looked closely at the pattern of the damage and suggested that maybe Montjac (also called Monkjack) Deer were causing it.  There are many open spaces in Birmingham; and many of those are linked by a network of green corridors.  These corridors make it very easy for wild animals to roam through the city, and Montjac Deer have been seen in other parks and open spaces.

Montjac Deer (with permission from Sally Ilett, taken from Flickr)

Then someone noticed that the same sort of damage was caused higher up the trunks of some of the trees - too high for Montjacs which are not very tall.

This week the culprit has been spotted - damaging the trees.  It was a Fallow Deer (bigger than a Montjac) rubbing its antlers against the trees to rid itself of its felt (the furry covering on its antlers).  The deer do this at the end of winter or in the springtime, which is why we had first spotted the damage back in February.  This deer ran away, off towards the old canal and the cover there, off in the direction of Weoley Castle, before anyone could photograph it.

But the mystery is solved.

How interesting - 2013 with deer in the park again.  Back in medieval times the area of the park and the land all around it was a deer park.

Wednesday 1 May 2013

Charity Walk in aid of St Mary's Hospice: 12th May

Weoley hill Village Council, in conjunction with Shenley Community Council, Bournville Village Council, Friends of Manor Farm Park, Bournville Sea Scouts and Bournville Village Trust are running a Charity Walk, to help raise funds for St. Mary's Hospice, on Sunday 12th May. It starts at 10 am and finishes at 3 pm and circumnavigates the Bournville Village Trust Estate. Anyone interested in joining the walk can start at Weoley Hill Village Hall or Bournville Green, for a small fee of £2-00 per person. They will be given a booklet with the route map in it and a place for it to be stamped at various check points on the route. Those completing the full circuit with all stamps on their booklet will be given a certificate.

Wednesday 17 April 2013

Public Meeting

FoSOP encourage all park users to attend the Public Meeting at the Scout Hut on 22nd May (6:30) to discuss Sainsbury's proposals for the Battery Site, which is adjacent to the park.

Tuesday 19 March 2013

Working party to continue the restoration of Harborne Wharf, part of the restoration project for the Dudley No 2 Canal. Sat 6th April 9am - 3pm meet at the Scout Hut on Gibbins Rd. Bring gardening gloves and stout footwear. Volunteers insured via FoSOP.

Friday 15 March 2013

Spring is springing!

The annual dispay of crocuses along Gibbins Road.

Thursday 14 February 2013

Damaged Trees

If you see anyone doing this and damaging trees in the park please report it on 0121 454 7810 immediately.

Sunday 10 February 2013

Boats Return to the Lapal Canal

Anyone walking the path along the northern edge of Selly Oak Park in Birmingham on Saturday 3rd January would have seen an unusual sight – boats on the Lapal Canal.  The boats in question were in fact a canoe and a coracle, belonging to members and friends of the Inland Waterways Association’s (IWA) Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch. 

After navigating from one end to the other of the section that is in water a couple of times, the boating expedition turned into a work party.  Loppers and a bow saw were utilised to clear many of the overhanging branches that were obstructing passage of these small craft. 

One of the volunteers was Peter Fisher, of the Lapal Canal Trust, who appreciated the additional help continuing the vegetation clearance that he has been carrying out recently.  A full bin bag of rubbish and litter was also collected during the afternoon. 

IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch is keen to support the Lapal Canal Trust at the current time, while proposals for a supermarket development just the other side of the main road will affect the line of the Lapal Canal between Selly Oak Park and where it would join the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.  

Note:   Although the water pictured is shallow, park users should exercise caution near water in the park. These boaters had friends on the bank to assist them if they got into difficulty. The Friends of Selly Oak Park do not recommend boating on the disused canal as it lacks proper safety features and may contain hidden hazards.

Public Meeting

We encourage all users of Selly Oak Park and local residents to attend a public meeting to discuss the latest proposals put forward by Sainsbury's for the Battery Site. The latest plans are unlikely to provide a watered canal into Selly Oak Park and do not provide a good, easy to navigate walking / cycling route between the park and the Bristol Road either. This meeting is organised by the Community Partnership for Selly Oak. Come along and have your say: 7pm 18th Feb, Scout Hut, Gibbins Rd.

Tuesday 29 January 2013

Live Webchat with Local Police

Selly Oak Constituency - Live webchat

We're linking in with Birmingham South police to co-host a LIVE webchat featuring neighbourhood policing inspector, Simon Inglis, on Tuesday 5 February between 6pm and 8pm.

The webchat will offer local people the opportunity to raise any concerns or queries they may have. The Inspector will attempt to answer all of these as efficiently and openly as possible.

There is no need to sign in to view the page, all you need to do is simply visit this website between 6pm and 8pm on Tuesday and click this LINK

Then follow the instructions.

Sunday 27 January 2013

Selly Oak Festival 2013

The Selly Oak Festival 2013 will be on the 29th June in Selly Oak Park. If you would like a stall please complete this booking form and e-mail it to festival @ friendsofsellyoakpark.org.uk.

Monday 14 January 2013

Community Partnership for Selly Oak

We are pleased to join other local groups in asking Sainsbury's to implement their 2007 plans for the Battery Site. See www.cp4so.org.uk  Twitter @cp4so.