University of Leicester Botanic Garden

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Address and contact details
Stoughton Drive South, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 2NE
Tel: 0116 2712933
Fax: 0116 2712933
Latitude: 52° 36' 30" N
Longitude: 01° 05' 25" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1921
Ownership:University of Leicester
Garden code:LTR
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens
Mr B. Frankland
Dr R. J. Gornall
Contact person: Dr R. J. Gornall
Total Staff:15
Accessions:To develop collections of wild plants (i) for taxonomic research, (ii) to support educational programmes for schools and the general public, (iii) for conservation purposes, including cultivars.
Physical environment
Altitude:100 m
Soil type:Clay, neutral
Aspect:South and west
Total area:8.45 ha
Other sites of collection:Attenborough Arboretum
Weather recordsRecords kept
Average daily:9.5 °C
Av. monthly max:14 °C
Av. monthly min:6 °C
Absolute maximum:32 °C (1995)
Absolute minimum:-9 °C (1995)
Average annual:708 mm
Month of maximum:November
Month of minimum:March
Plant collection
Notable plants within the collection:
Tallest Pinus aristata and Quercus petraea 'Mespilifolia' in the British Isles
Special families within the collections:
Saxifragaceae, Coriariaceae
Special genera within the collections:
Skimmia, Aubrieta, Fuchsia, Chamaecyparis, Acer, Paeonia
Special collections:
Aubrieta, NCCPG – 12 Species, 58 Taxa.
Chamaecyparis Lawsoniana, NCCPG – 1 Species, 92 Taxa.
Hardy Fuchsia, NCCPG – 9 Species, 242 Taxa.
Skimmia, NCCPG – 4 Species, 35 Taxa.
Hesperis, NCCPG – 1 Genus, 2 Species, 3 Taxa.
Record Keeping:Kept since 1964
Record System:Advanced Revelation
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Herbarium:Approximately 120 000 wild collected and cultivated specimens. Code LTR in Index Herbariorum
Library:Yes, general reference works,
Research facilities:General biological laboratories, sub-cellular microscopy, molecular
Publications:Garden guide
Identifications:Undertakes free identifications for the general public. Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Primary, secondary, higher, taxonomic, potentail for public education
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, brochures, guided trails, lectures
Friends Organisation:Yes
Visitor facilities:Restaurant, café, plant shop, book shop, gift shop
Access to the collections
Public access:Free
Visitors per year:5,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Fri: 9am-4pm
Guiding principles behind the collection
The Garden is funded by the University of Leicester to support the research and teaching of the biology department and to provide an educational amenity for schools and the general public.
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