Friends of Knighton Green
Leicester City Council offered the piece of land between the end of Kenwood Road and Church Lane to community groups for them to propose projects. Knighton Wild has organised a couple of meetings for local people and, with support from the City Council’s ward fund and money raised from Open Wildlife Gardens in July 2018, has begun working to improve this area of land.
Friends of Knighton Green has now been established. In November 2018, ten scouts from 68th Leicester Scout Group and half a dozen members of Leicester De Montfort Rotary Club planted 2,000 crocuses along the side of the footpath.
A planning group has now been formed and is planning activities for Spring 2019. This will include:
- A wildflower border using a pictorial seed mix;
- A small community orchard of local apple varieties including Annie Elizabeth (see note below).
Contact Knighton Wild if you are interested in getting involved.
There will bea meeting on site to plan the work for the spring onSaturday 2nd February at 10.30 am at Knighton Green. The following week there is an informal planning meeting at 7.30 pm on 6th February in the Cradock.
Annie Elizabeth – The Annie Elizabeth apple was grown originally in 1857 by Samuel Greatorex, a magistrate’s clerk, who lived in Clarendon Park in Leicester. Samuel planted a pip and he named the apple to commemorate his illegitimate baby daughter who died in 1866. It is a large very firm red and green cooking apple, going golden when ripe, and it keeps well. The original tree is still growing in Clarendon Park. Annie Elizabeth is buried in St Mary’s churchyard.