Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Surrounding Area
Birmingham City Council and Calthorpe Estates
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens were opened in the 1830s, built to a design by the eminent designer and garden writer John Claudius Loudon. The framework of his design remains today. In the mid-19th century, a large area of detached town gardens was created, providing a recreational resource and green oasis away from home for the skilled working and middle classes. Later, sporting clubs were established, including the Edgbaston Archery and Lawn Tennis Society, which still exists and claims to be the oldest lawn tennis club in the world.
In 2004, Erika (as part of Hilary Taylor Landscape Associates Ltd) conducted a study including historical analysis, site survey and consultation with local groups with an interest in the site to consider whether further development might be considered within the area and how it might be most sensitively located.