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River Leen

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The River Leen is 15 mile 24km long tributary of the River Trent that flows through Nottinghamshire, and the city of Nottingham in the East Midlands of England

Contents

  • 1 Course
  • 2 History
  • 3 Recent developments
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Courseedit

The Leen rises as a series of springs at the foot of the Robin Hood Hills just outside Annesley It then flows through the grounds and lakes of Newstead Abbey, passing Papplewick and on through Bestwood Country Park, following the route of the Leen Valley into suburban and urban Nottingham Within the city it flows through the centre of Bulwell, and passes Basford where it is joined by the Day Brook The Leen then flows through Radford, and Lenton before joining the River Trent next to Riverside Way in The Meadows

Historyedit

The name Leen developed through various renderings of the Celtic word meaning "lake" or "pool" Llyn in modern Welsh Some of the surrounding villages derived their name from the River Leen Lenton, ton being the Saxon word for "village"; and Linby, by being the Danish equivalent of ton

From Lenton onwards the course of the Leen has been quite radically altered on a number of occasions, notably culverted by the Borough Engineer, Marriott Ogle Tarbotton, but the river's present course is believed to follow much the same route as it did originally4 Originally it discharged into the Beeston Canal, flowed some distance along the canal and thence over a small weir into the Tinker’s Leen where the modern Courts complex is now situated and so into the Trent just downstream of Trent Bridge

Recent developmentsedit

Nottingham City Council planning guidance5 and best practice from the Environment Agency6 is now to remove culverts, which are expensive to maintain and can cause flooding when they are blocked or damaged As a result, a number of developments along the course of the Leen now open up previously culverted stetches of the waterway

A new Tesco development in Bulwell town centre, which received planning permission in 2008, will remove the culvert under the former Kwik Save supermarket7

In Radford, a new student village at Chettle's Yard will open up a long stretch of the river parallel to the railway line

And the eastern part of the University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus opens up a section of the river's urban route through Lenton, a small lake having been created to the rear of the Sir Colin Campbell building, adjacent to the concrete channel through which the Leen still flows that was originally built to prevent the flooding of the now-demolished Raleigh cycle factory The river then passes through several industrial units and under Triumph Road, before re-appearing behind the Nottingham Emergency Medical Services centre the old AA building on Derby Road The Leen is sometimes mistakenly believed to pass through the main part of the Jubilee Campus, but the lake and other water features in that area are artificial in nature

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "River Leen Access and Biodiversity Study - Nottingham City Council" PDF nottinghamcitygovuk Retrieved 18 January 2016 
  2. ^ "Water Framework Directive Surface Water Classification Status and Objectives 2012 csv files" Environment-agencygovuk Retrieved 7 April 2013 
  3. ^ "28035-Leen at Triumph Road Nottingham" The National River Flow Archive Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Retrieved 24 May 2013 
  4. ^ Lenton Times - River Leen - Lenton Listener
  5. ^ Nottingham City Council Local Plan 2005, Chapter 9
  6. ^ Environment Agency Policy Regarding Culverts
  7. ^ Nottingham City Council planning application 08/02642/PFUL3
  • Trent Water Authority – Official Handbook 1973

External linksedit

  • River Leen as it passes through Bulwell - information and slide show
  • - Photoblog of River Leen
  • Lenton Times - River Leen from Radford to the River Trent

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