Brand new playground in time for school holidays

Visitors to one of Birmingham’s top horticultural attractions will be singing from the treetops this month as a £50,000 state-of-the-art playground opens at Birmingham’s historic Botanical Gardens.

The Treetop Playground is situated in the Kingdom of the Green Man, near the Teulon Cottage and the Wetlands Area. Made from solid Mountain Larch and Robinia wood, the playground has two slides, a rope bridge and two climbing towers. The new playground will be a welcome addition to the family-friendly offerings at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which include children’s trails, garden backpack explorations, animal experiences, an aviary and more.

The playground is funded by the Biffa Award, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.

Gillian French, Biffa Award Head of Grants said: “We were delighted to support the Treetop Playground at the Botanical Gardens with a grant from the landfill Communities Fund. We hope that children from Birmingham and beyond will get many years of fun from it! Biffa Award is dedicated to building communities and transforming lives – something we feel that the new Treetop Playground will do for Birmingham’s much-loved Botanical Gardens.”

James Wheeler , Chief Executive and Curator at Birmingham Botanical Gardens said: “The new Treetop Playground will help to build upon the experience and subsequent memories we offer here at the Gardens. So many of our older adults will have fond memories of coming to the Gardens as a child – we hope this will now continue through the generations.”

The Treetop Playground is part of a wider strategy to regenerate the Gardens, which includes plans to restore the iconic glasshouses as part of the £1 million Glasshouse Appeal.