5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Bradgate Park

Deadly Nightshade is allowed to grow in the ruins

Deadly Nightshade, one of the countries most toxic plants, is allowed and encouraged to grow in the ruins of Bradgate Park. The plant Atropa belladonna, commonly known as belladonna, is highly toxic if ingested. The plant has been grown in the ruins since WWII, having been originally established there by Leicester Polytechnic’s School of Pharmacy for medicinal purposes.

Deadly Nightshade – Image is owned by Leicester Chronicle. All rights reserved.
Bradgate Ruins – Image is owned by Leicester Chronicle. All rights reserved.

By Isaac Hartshorn

Isaac Hartshorn is fascinated by the city's long and varied history. He also hates to discuss himself in the third person but can be persuaded to do so from time to time.

One comment

  1. Very interesting I have visited the park all through my life time and never knew these five things

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *