Shady Lane Arboretum
As you would expect there are many specimen trees from all over the world. A few are labelled but most are not leaving an identification challenge for those interested in knowing which tree is which. Whilst most trees are not native the wooded nature of the site attracts many birds and invertebrates, enhanced by the brook and rough grassland areas. Jays hide in the tree canopies whilst Grey Wagtails can be seen by the brook. There are many galls to be found on the many trees species.
A number of ponds have been created and areas allowed to grow wild adjacent to the brook and woodland areas which help to support wildlife.
Total species seen at this site: 401
The arboretum was established in 1970 by Leicester City Council. The area covers 10.5 hectares and is open to the public. Between 1970 and 1973 over 500 tree specimens were planted, mostly in taxonomic family groups. Memorial trees continue to be planted on the site. The site is bisected by the Evington Brook and St. Denys Church borders the northern boundary. Piggy's Hollow, the site of a demolished manor house, adjoins the Areboretum in the north east corner.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Leaf mine||Phytomyza lappae||15/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Ringlet||Aphantopus hyperantus||02/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Meadow Brown||Maniola jurtina||02/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Common Marble||Celypha lacunana||02/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Bishop's Mitre Shieldbug||Aelia acuminata||02/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Speckled Bush-cricket||Leptophyes punctatissima||02/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Dryad's Saddle||Polyporus squamosus||02/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Pocket Plum||Taphrina pruni||02/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Corizus hyoscyami||14/05/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Red-and-black Froghopper||Cercopis vulnerata||14/05/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|14 Spot ladybird||Propylea quattuordecimpunctata||14/05/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Brown Argus||Aricia agestis||14/05/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Two Toothed Door Snail||Clausilia bidentata||12/05/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Speckled Wood||Pararge aegeria||12/05/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Lesser Bulin||Merdigera obscura||12/05/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
The Arboretum is located 2.5 miles from the city centre, just south of Evington village. A small car park is located off Shady Lane near the corner with Gartree Road.