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King’s Meadow

King’s Meadow Situated on the northern edge of the Riverside Industrial Park in the Lenton area of Nottingham, King’s Meadow is a unique urban nature reserve. The site covers just over one hectare and shows how nature can return to an urban environment. Visit during the summer and enjoy the butterflies and orchids.

How to get to King’s Meadow

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The reserve is situated on the Lenton Industrial Estate. The site can be accessed from either Longwall Avenue on the estate or via Birdcage Walk alongside the River Leen (off Lenton Lane). If you are using SatNav, enter NG2 1AE and follow the preceding directions.

Why not explore these nearby reserves? Harrison's Plantation & Chilwell Meadow.


The reserve was created in 1992 in order to preserve the diverse flora and fauna communities which had developed on the former Wilford Power Station site following its decommissioning in the 1960s. Although the reserve is only small, the ‘man-made’ nature of the site has resulted in an unusually high diversity of habitats within a compact area. These, in turn, support a wide variety of plants and other wildlife, particularly invertebrates.

A number of species found at the site are considered rare in the county. The orchids are of particular interest including the southern marsh orchid, which, together with the common spotted orchid and their hybrids, make the site of high scientific value. Rat’s-tail fescue is an annual grass characteristic of abandoned railway cinder beds, and its rarity in the county will increase as disused railway lines are developed. King’s Meadow has provided records of a number of invertebrate species found nowhere else in the county.

For some pictures of the reserve please go to our Flickr set[email protected]/sets/72157631046315720/



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