Lisle Lane field

Sitting on the northern outcrop of Kimmeridge Clay, Lisle Lane field has been used for grazing for many years.

Natural springs used to be common in this area. Formed where the porous Greensand cap rests on the impervious Kimmeridge clay, the water comes up to the surface as a ‘spring line’. Over time many of the springs have been piped or have dried up. Watercress beds were developed along the spring line and at the bottom of this meadow, adjacent to Springhead Lane, fed by the springs and extending down towards the river.

In early summer a dazzling display of buttercups can be seen throughout the meadow.

You can hear more about Ely’s Wild Spaces at Memories of Ely Pits and Meadows.

Want to learn more?

Click on the links below to find out more about Ely's wild spaces and how to get involved.

Get Involved: We are running events all through the year.
Using Heritage Lottery funding: memories of Ely Pits and Meadows.