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Sutton Park is the largest urban park in Europe, covering 2,400 acres consisting of parklands, woodlands, heathlands and wetlands. The entire park was recently designated a National Nature Reserve by English Nature.
It is home to a huge variety of wildlife, quite unexpectedly being so close to Birmingham City – most people wouldn’t imagine it is possible to find real wild ponies less than 6 miles from the very heart of the City! There is a very well-run Visitor Centre located near the Town Gate entrance, from where many events and nature walks take place.
The park itself is the remainder of a huge forest that used to cover much of the Midlands, and it’s continuing survival in these times of continual development is thankfully guaranteed thanks to the Charter of 1528, when Henry VIII decreed that the “town and village shall for ever here-after be accounted, named and called the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield”. Sutton Park has retained many ancient features including prehistoric mounds and ruins as well as a Roman road making it of great interest to historical enthusiasts. It gained national and international attention in 1957 when the Scout movement held their World Jubilee Jamboree in the Park, attended by the Queen, many other Dignitaries, and thousands of scouts from around the globe.
People from all over come to Sutton Coldfield to enjoy the park’s natural beauty and use it to enjoy a multitude of hobbies. Walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing, jogging, kite flying, canoeing, sailing and orienteering are just some of the ways the park's annual 2 million visitors make the most of this fabulous open area.
This is one of the seven lakes in Sutton Park, a perfect place to sit and feed the many birds which live there.