River Leen near Radford
|Country within the UK||England|
|Towns||Bulwell, Basford, Radford, Lenton|
|- left||Day Brook|
|- location||Robin Hood Hills, Annesley, Nottinghamshire|
|- location||Confluence with the River Trent, The Meadows, Nottingham|
|Length||24 km (15 mi) |
|Basin||124 km2 (48 sq mi) |
|Discharge||for Triumph Road, Lenton|
|- average||0.67 m3/s (24 cu ft/s) |
|Wikimedia Commons: River Leen|
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.
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 originally. 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.
Nottingham City Council planning guidance and best practice from the Environment Agency 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 supermarket.
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.
- "River Leen Access and Biodiversity Study - Nottingham City Council" (PDF). nottinghamcity.gov.uk. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
- "Water Framework Directive Surface Water Classification Status and Objectives 2012 csv files". Environment-agency.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 24 February 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- "28035-Leen at Triumph Road Nottingham". The National River Flow Archive. Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- Lenton Times - River Leen - Lenton Listener
- Nottingham City Council Local Plan 2005, Chapter 9
- Environment Agency Policy Regarding Culverts
- Nottingham City Council planning application 08/02642/PFUL3
- Trent Water Authority – Official Handbook (1973)