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Nice name - shame about the graffiti; A Walk In The Park GRAHAM YOUNG VISITS DAISY FARM PARK, HIGHTERS HEATH.

Byline: GRAHAM YOUNG

FOR a park with a lovely name, look no further than this one on Brum's southern outskirts.

In early January there were never going to be any daisies in view.

But at least my visit coincided with one of the few bursts of sunshine seen in the past month. And, although the fresh wind was bracing to say the least, the sunlight on its own was enough to give this exposed green space a sense of being 'fit for purpose'.

Yet the truth is that a number of sporting facilities have been lost because of declining sports use and vandalism.

As for Daisy Farm being labelled a park, it has little more to offer than, say, Short Heath 'park', in Erdington.

Coincidentally one of their shared features is the same type of silly seat-cum-shelter that looks as if it's been installed by little green men.

At least Daisy Farm's version isn't in the middle of the field, but next to a rather good playground and an adjacent hard-court soccer/basketball court. I'd have loved to have kicked a ball about on it, if only there weren't a group of teenagers already happily playing in there. The car park has room for plenty of cars, so cold grandparents could always sit inside watching their charges playing if so minded.

Although wide-open spaces don't have any of the design merits of Kings Heath's Highbury Park, for example, the bonus with Daisy Farm Park is that it is open to the main Maypole Lane and not closed off from

its environs, like Senneleys Park.

The picturesque path between road and park was busy with pedestrians eager to make the most of the fresh air.

Despite the sign at the entrance of the fenced-off playground clearly saying 'No dogs', two owners with children promptly took their mutts in on leads regardless - one a young German Shepherd, the other a terrier-type.

Moreover, despite the presence of a bin next to the car park, out on the wider field - which was popular with both gulls and pigeons - I soon found more dog mess lurking obscenely amid the still-growing grass than I'd collectively seen in other other parks for months.

For more details about Daisy Farm Park, telephone 0121 464 8728, email parks@birmingham.gov.uk or visit www.birmingham.gov.uk

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FUN... Daisy Farm Park has a good playground, although much has been scrawled on.' GREEN SPACE... the park is picturesque, but watch out for the dog mess.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jan 19, 2007
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