This page is about Cannon Hill Park - OPAL West Midland's first local patch. The park is located less than 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham, just off the Pershore Road (A441) in the south of the city. It runs along the River Rea from Stirchley to Edgbaston cricket ground. An area with a diverse industrial history (mainly forges and mills in the 16th Century), it is now one of city’s five premier parks and has been awarded Green Flag status. It has lots of different habitats including, lakes, pools and a wonderful collection of trees. There are walkways and cycle routes along side the River Rea aimed at catering for wildlife enthusiasts, those seeking exercise and people looking for a good day out. The park's 'green spine' is provided by the River Rea, flanked by biodiverse banks and mature Alder and Willow trees. At the south margin is a flower-rich glade, while mature trees in Holders, the Queen Mother's and RSPB Centenary Woodlands provide structure, veteran trees and important habitat for birds, bats, fungi and lichen.
Cannon Hill Park
There is also a wildflower meadow, sown with cornfield annuals such as field poppy, cornflower and corn cockle, yellow rattle providing visitors to the park with a spectacle that is rare in the urban environment. It is home to the Midlands Arts Centre (the MAC) and has a Ranger Service, which organizes a year-round programme of events and activities for the general public and educational events for schools.
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