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Published October 12th 2015
Explore The Site Where Roman Massacre May Have Taken Place
I was almost as intrigued about the name of this nature reserve on the outskirts of Lichfield than I was about seeing what it had to offer.
And while this 60,000 square metre site is clearly popular with dog walkers and nature lovers, the history of Christian Fields turns out to be both long and colourful - and indelibly linked to the history of Lichfield.
The curiously named Christian Fields Local Nature Reserve in Lichfield
The story is thought to have been a medieval fabrication, which was not taken seriously at the time and was largely forgotten by the 1500s.
But in 1548, during the Reformation, Lichfield achieved self-government and, in what is thought to have been an attempt to break with the Catholic figure of St Chad, the new civic body chose to base its seal on the story of the Christian martyrs.
It was created as a green oasis to allow wildlife to thrive and people to relax, centred around woodland areas and wildflower meadows, although these were not at their vibrant best when I visited in October.
Also added were footpaths, an outdoor classroom, a pond, dipping platform and boardwalk, picnic benches, bird boxes, and interesting direction markers made from tree trunks as part of the ongoing project.