EWS is a green corridor buffering the eastern edge of Ely, properly protected from harmful development and managed for the combined benefit of wildlife and local people. With its spectacular cathedral, gentle pace of life, and delightful riverside setting, Ely is a special place to live. But its rapid growth has put increasing pressure on the city’s remaining green spaces.

The quiet backwaters of Roswell Pits and the nearby wetlands and meadows along the River Great Ouse are now the last fragments of nature around Ely. Over 1200 people have joined Ely Wildspace (originally called LCPRE) to keep these places wild for the animals, plants and people to whom they matter.

The area is so important nationally it’s recently been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. We are now working with agencies, landowners and our community to safeguard this wonderful place, enhance its habitats still further, and help people enjoy them in a sustainable way.

Oral History Project

Using Heritage Lottery funding we have recorded local memories of the Roswell area. This has been a hugely enjoyable and exciting project and we have recorded a wealth of memories and stories from people who have known and loved the Roswell area for generations, as well as those who have discovered the area more recently.

Earth Optimism comes to Ely

On Sunday 23 April Ely Wildspace will become part of Earth Optimism weekend – a series of extraordinary events taking place around the world aimed at celebrating conservation successes, and empowering people to take action for nature. Over the weekend dozens of cities – from Washington DC to Helsinki, Hong Kong, London and Cambridge – will host Earth Optimism activities ranging from talks and debates to film screenings and wildlife walks.

Here in Ely we will take part in Earth Optimism and look to the future by planting a “tree for history” which will provide important new habitat for birds and insects. Please join us obetween 11:45am and 12:15pm when we shall be planting a special oak at Springhead Lane (“Lovers’ Lane), celebrating local people’s achievements in safeguarding and nurturing the Ely Wildspace.

As part of our Earth Optimism day, we will also run “Birds, Bees and Beetles” walks around the Wildspace led by local naturalists. Meet at the top of Kiln lane off the Prickwillow Road at 10:00am, to finish at 11:30am in time to join the tree-planting event at Springhead Lane.

In the meantime you can find out more about Earth Optimism by visiting

https://earthoptimism.si.edu/, and http://www.cambridgeconservation.org/earthoptimism/, and spread the word using #EarthOptimism.


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