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Kings Heath Park TV Gardens Opening Hours 2014 PDF Print

Above: The former TV Gardens in the March 2014 Sunshine!

King's Heath Park's former TV Gardens will be open from 1 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. on  the following Sundays:in 2014:-

March 16th.

April 20th.

May 18th.

June 15th.

July 20th

August 17th

September 21st.

October 19th.

Entry is free and everyone is welcome.



Superb Silver Gilt Result in Britain in Bloom Finals PDF Print


Bustling, busy and fascinating describe King's Heath very well…an urban village with its own distinct character” were the words of the national Britain in Bloom judges in awarding King's Heath Silver Gilt in the Urban Community category at the annual Britain in Bloom awards. After winning Gold in Heart of England in Bloom 2011, King's Heath was nominated to represent the region in the national finals this year.

King's Heath was ranked 3rd in the Urban Community category awards out of 7 entries and was praised for a wide array of achievements, including:

  • The Floral displays throughout the area but particularly in King's Heath Park
  • Engagement with schools, particularly at Fox Hollies School where horticulture was being used as a learning aid for children
  • Many businesses supporting the campaign with their own floral displays
  • Initiatives that demonstrate King's Heath’s drive to become Birmingham’s green capital
  • The environment was very clean, even in the exceptionally busy areas
  • Initiatives to celebrate local heritage such as the Crown bed in the Village Square and Guitar bed and Walk of Fame in York Road

King's Heath’s success in Britain in Bloom is the 4th major horticultural award for King's Heath this year after winning Silver Gilt in Heart of England in Bloom, Silver Gilt for Fox Hollies School in the Heart of England in Bloom Schools Competition and a Level 3 Award for the Community Centre in Heart of England in Bloom ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ competition.

King's Heath’s Floral Trail, the centre piece of the entry, is funded by the King's Heath Business Improvement District.

Last year, the Royal Horticulural Society released a report demonstrating how RHS Britain in Bloom benefits the physical, social and economic health of the country. It revealed that being involved in the campaign was a key factor in driving visitors and investment into areas, thus improving economic wellbeing. Local businesses flourish, jobs are created and local authorities save a vast amount of money.

Bob Prew, Chair of the King's Heath Centre Partnership’s Clean and Green committee, emphasised this point.

“Receiving awards for our work is fantastic, and it’s good to see King's Heath get the recognition it deserves but the role of the Floral Trail and our other initiatives is always focussed on benefitting the businesses and visitors to King's Heath. We want to ensure that King's Heath is a great place to live and visit so having a clean environment, interesting features and exciting community engagement projects is what really matters and it was good to see the judges highlight these areas.”

In addition to King's Heath’s success, Birmingham was awarded Gold in the ‘Large City’ category and Cannon Hill Park, just outside King's Heath was judged best public park.  

The Royal Horticultural Society has a "Britain in Bloom" page here and links to all the 2012 results. 

Terrific Triple Success for King's Heath PDF Print


King’s Heath gardening projects are celebrating a terrific triple success in this year’s Heart of England in Bloom Awards. The Floral Trail was awarded Silver Gilt at the Awards Ceremony that was held for the first time in King’s Heath at All Saints’ Church and this success was matched by Fox Hollies School who were also awarded Silver Gilt in the Schools Competition, And Kings Heath Community Centre received a Level 3 award in the “It’s Your Neighbourhood” competition.

Over 250 delegates from across the region attended the ceremony including 12 Lord Mayors. Gardening celebrity Alys Fowler who welcomed everyone to King’s Heath said she could not now “imagine living anywhere else” while another local resident comedian Janice Connolly aka Mrs Barbara Nice had the whole audience singing along to her own version of the Terry Wogan hit song “The Floral Dance”.

Bob Prew, chair of KHCP’s Clean and Green Committee, that organises the Floral Trail said, “The whole event was a wonderful advert for King’s Heath. Everyone said how much they admired our new Village Square and all our floral displays. We are slightly disappointed to narrowly miss out on achieving Gold again this year but Silver Gilt is still a magnificent achievement for King’s Heath. It is the same level as achieved by Evesham, Henley in Arden and Warwick”.

The Floral Trail’s Silver Gilt award in the main HEIB main competition came on top of a Silver Gilt award for Fox Hollies School in the schools competition. Their garden was described by the judges as an "oasis of calm", "a great asset" and a "wonderful educational facility". And a week earlier at a separate Awards Ceremony in Henley King’s Heath Community Centre was awarded a Level 3 Award in the “It’s Your Neighbourhood” competition.

Volunteers and Businesses join forces to transform King's Heath PDF Print

Image from RHS website of volunteers working on KH Floral TailKing's Heath Floral Trail has now achieved national recognition by being featured as a case study on the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Web Site (click here).

RHS reporter Sophie Dawson and photographer Julian Weigall visited King's Heath on 30 July.

Read their article on how volunteers and businesses are transforming King's Heath by clicking here.

King's Heath hopes for a Top Award PDF Print

Kings Heath is hoping for a top floral award following a visit by two Royal Horticultural Society judges in the annual nationwide Britain in Bloom competition. Judges Martyn Hird and Mel Henley toured King's Heath following a presentation at Fox Hollies School where they also met with youngsters who have created a flower and vegetable garden on previously unused land.
This was King's Heath’s first entry into the national competition having been selected to be one of only 73 finalists out of over 1,000 entries.
The results of the annual competition will be announced in Guernsey in October after which a local event will be held to announce the result along with the winners of the annual front garden competition for residents and, for the first time, a competition for businesses.
Bob Prew (top right in the figure below), chair of  KHCP's Clean and Green committee, said he hoped the judges had been impressed. "They witnessed not only a magnificent blaze of colour – hanging baskets, planters, railing baskets, bedding plants and Birmingham's largest variety of trees but also the enthusiasm and vibrancy of the community that made this all possible".Kings Heath Britain in Bloom 2012

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