Knighton Spinney is an area of mature woodland that is home to a variety of wildlife, including displays of wood anemones and bluebells in the spring. Squire Craddock-Hartopp planted oak trees to form the spinney in 1840 to help provide oak wood for future shipbuilding. To make the oaks grow tall and straight, ash were planted in between them. Later Craddock decided to keep the woodland as a fox covert and in 1932 a covenant was published declaring that the spinney should be a nature reserve for all time. The spinney is fenced off from the rest of the park and is open to the public on some Sundays with the support of volunteer wardens. As an area of mature oak woodland, the spinney is home to many birds, including green and great-spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches, blackcaps and many others.
Total species seen at this site: 422
Knighton Park played host to the 2017 Bioblitz on 12th and 13th May. Hundreds of people visitied the park over the two days, including school groups on the Friday, to take part in walks and other events in the park.
Knighton Park is a significant area of green open space at the southern boundary of the ward, where it meets with Oadby and Wigston. It contains Knighton Spinney, which is a local nature reserve, and is open to the public on some Sundays. The Saffron Brook runs through the park, and there is a pond in the Heath Garden, both of which provide habitats for a number of aquatic species. The park contains a large number of native and ornamental trees, and there is a tree trail to guide visitors round 20 interesting and significant trees. Knighton Wild has produced an online version of the tree trail leaflet, which also includes some additional information about wildlife that you might encounter if you follow the trail round the park.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Norway Spruce||Picea abies||11/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Wood Pigeon||Columba palumbus||11/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Robin||Erithacus rubecula||09/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Jelly Ear Fungus||Auricularia auricula-judae||09/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Velvet Shank||Flammulina velutipes||09/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Treecreeper||Certhia familiaris||09/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Witch's Broom||Taphrina betulina||08/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Spindle||Euonymus europaeus||08/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Turkeytail||Trametes versicolor||08/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Portugal Laurel||Prunus lusitanica||08/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Coastal Redwood||Sequoia sempervirens||08/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Oyster Mushroom||Pleurotus ostreatus||08/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Wood Blewit||Lepista nuda||07/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Scots Pine||Pinus sylvestris||07/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Shaggy Scalycap||Pholiota squarrosa||05/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
The park can be reached by public transport, and there is an entrance from Welford Road, which is served by the Arriva 47, 48 and 49 services. It is also possible to walk to the park from London Road, served by Arriva 31, or from Shanklin Drive, served by Arriva 44. (In all cases variants such as the 44A pass the same locations.)
Cyclists can reach the park from the City Centre via Victoria Park, Clarendon Park Road, Knighton Road and Carisbrooke Road (avoiding London Road and Welford Road). Palmerston Way, which runs past the park has cycle tracks and forms part of Leicester's Route 4.
There is a car park at the entrance on Palmerston Way.