Battram Turn North, Ellistown

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    Getting There

    The closest main road is the A511, which exits the M1 motorway at junction 22, heading west. Turn southwards onto the B585 and continue for 1.7 miles until the T-junction. The wood is on the right.

    There is public access with parking towards the eastern end of the wood on Victoria Road. 

    Bus information can be found here:

    • Private Woodland
    • Open access
    Managed By
    North West Leicestershire District Council
    Further Information

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 16


    Covering an area of 3.23 ha (7.98 acres), Battram Turn North is located beside the recycling centre (once the quarry) in Ellistown. It was bought from British Coal in 1994 to create a pocket park for both nature conservation and informal recreation. The project was also funded by the Rural Development Commission and the Landmark North West Countryside Project. Enclosed by hedgerow, the site offers an area of open access.

    Wildlife Highlights

    An open meadow with specimen trees (including a range of native species and fruit trees) is the main feature of the site. Planting of broadleaved species, with a high proportion of flowering trees and shrubs, makes the link between the site and its past history as a garden. The extension of an existing wetland flash has created a shallow pool and marshland with associated wetland species, such as Marsh Marigold.