Shady Lane Arboretum

    Getting There

    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.

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 423


    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.

    Wildlife Highlights

    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.

    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Jelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae27/11/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Yellow BrainTremella mesenterica27/11/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Coral SpotNectria cinnabarina27/11/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Agromyza anthracina26/11/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Scarce Maple PigmyStigmella aceris25/11/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Clubiona reclusa18/10/2019AJ Cann
    Dicyrtomina minuta18/10/2019AJ Cann
    Entomobrya nicoleti18/10/2019AJ Cann
    Erigone atra18/10/2019AJ Cann
    Lepthyphantes minutus18/10/2019AJ Cann
    Neriene clathrata18/10/2019AJ Cann
    Orchesella cincta18/10/2019AJ Cann
    Pogonognathellus longicornis18/10/2019AJ Cann
    Hawthorn Button-top GallDasineura crataegi07/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Hawthorn MidgetPhyllonorycter corylifoliella07/08/2019Saharima Roenisch

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.06/01/2017
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo15/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAmblyteles armatorius11/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva01/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRam's-horn Gall WaspAndricus aries31/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix02/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari05/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis21/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes30/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera29/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum05/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius25/04/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.04/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum29/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum15/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFour Coloured Cuckoo BeeBombus sylvestris28/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris15/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis10/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSputnik Gall WaspDiplolepis nervosa30/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus22/09/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis22/09/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum28/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGerman WaspVespula germanica02/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris13/04/2017
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata22/09/2016
    BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata04/07/2018
    BeetlesKidney-spot LadybirdChilocorus renipustulatus17/04/2019
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata20/03/2019
    BeetlesPine LadybirdExochomus quadripustulatus30/03/2019
    BeetlesOrange LadybirdHalyzia sedecimguttata04/07/2018