Lodge Field is an inspiring place for local photographers, poets and creative people with views across the Ironbridge Gorge and nearby woodlands.
Coupled with The Beeches Field and Madeley Pit Mounds, the area forms a 'green corridor' along the north edge of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.
Things to see and do
Taken on by local enthusiasts, the Lodge Field group, who have worked very hard with Telford & Wrekin Council to turn into a much valued area.
The area is steeped in local history and many of the stories told involving the field directly have been documented by local historians. The Lodge, a 16th/17th century building, from which the site derives its name, still overlooks Lodge Field.
There is free access to the field which contains areas of meadow with a significant number of rare plant varieties, areas of scrub, small springs and a boggy area that between them provide a variety of habitats for birds, butterflies and small mammals.
A walk on this site can be easily linked to the Beeches Local Nature Reserve (LNR) which lies to the south and also to visiting the wider Ironbridge Woodlands which are well signposted.
Each year the local community organises a communal picnic on Lodge Field. June 2015 was the 10th anniversary picnic with many young families sharing food, music and games as well as informative tours to point out wildlife.
Green hay is collected from the field and transported to nearby Lightmoor to create a meadow adjacent to the Ironbridge by-pass which is within a nature reserve managed by the Shropshire Wildlife Trust.
The green arts and crafts day – again an annual local event – is held to celebrate the many ways in which Lodge Field can inspire works of art, be they photographs, woven pieces, paintings, sculpture and haiku poetry.
How to get there
View the location of Lodge Field on Google Maps:
From the Wharfage in Ironbridge, turn into Lincoln Hill, then right onto Hodge Bower. The reserve is off this street and is accessed by foot. If you are travelling by car, there is no car park at the reserve, just on street parking in places.
Last updated: 19/03/2021 15:56