New wildflower meadow

Closed 15 Feb 2016

Opened 26 Jan 2016

Feedback Updated 23 May 2016

We Asked

We asked for suggestions for a suitable name for a new wildflower meadow.

You Said

Seven suggestions were offered:

  • Wolsey Gardens
  • The Ellis Meadow
  • Abbey Waterside Centre
  • Ellismeadows
  • John Ellis Freedom Site
  • John Ellis Wildflower Meadow
  • John Ellis Meadow

We Did

As a result of the suggestions, a decision has been taken to name the site Ellis Meadow.


Leicester City Council is planning to introduce a new wildflower meadow on the site of the old John Ellis Community College which closed in 1999. The new meadow will be part of the greater Belgrave Meadows and Watermead complex of nature areas.

The original site of the college was named after one of Leicester’s most influential figures, John Ellis, a local landowner who was instrumental in the development of Leicester through farming and engineering in the 18th century.

He was also an MP, Councillor, Alderman of Leicester, and helped develop Leicester’s first railway – the Swannington line.

Why We Are Consulting

We would like to ensure that John Ellis’ contribution is remembered in these meadows and are asking local people to suggest a suitable name for the new wildflower meadow.


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