Noakes Grove

noakes-map-copyA nature reserve close to Sewards End, The yellow “P” on the map marks the gated (not locked) entrance to car park. The red marker shows where “CB10 2LW” will get you using a satnav. Then go north on Redgates Lane.

Noakes Grove belongs to Organic Countryside Community Interest Company: a not-for-profit organisation that anyone may join as a “friend” (annual subscription £5) or full (life) shareholder (£100 minimum). We aim to manage the reserve sustainably, with a positive impact on wildlife. The dedicated website for Noakes Grove is at


The Latest Newsletter can be seen on the Noakes Grove website here

Forthcoming Events at Noakes Grove

We are eagerly looking forward to welcoming you to our popular events here just as soon as we are allowed. Here some dates to put in your diaries:

Work parties – limited to 30 people in any one place, but we can spread out with the different tasks

Sunday 16 May: 10.00–3.00 – Maytime
We will be cutting back overreaching brambles, creating a safe path around the new pond and maybe raking some more moss from the meadows. There is also DIY work to be done in the stable.
Bring your own picnic.

Sunday 30 May:10.00–3.00 – Joyous Spring and Music
Same tasks
But also, we will be entertained at lunchtime by The Walden Buskers and the Bumpstead Bojangles.
Bring your own picnic.

Forthcoming events

Sunday 6 June 9.30–11.30. Bird walk

Led by Vyvyan Veal. Look and listen and find out how many species of bird can be identified.

Sunday 27 June 10.00–12.00. Flower walk

Led by Elaine Corke. See how many different species of flower we can spot and identify.

Sunday 27 June: 2.00 – What’s That Flower?
A walk led by Elaine to help you identify flowers. No charge (although donations are always welcome!) but please book so I know how many are coming. Phone 01799 599376 or email

Sunday 11 July: 10.00–4.00 ish – Open Day
Our open days are immensely popular and, of course, we were unable to hold one last year. This year’s open day has to be later in the year than usual, so the bluebells will be over and the lambs quite big, but we will still have all the fun activities for children and adults: looking at wildlife; making things; refreshments; and the puppet show. More information nearer the time.

Wednesday 21 July: 7.30 p.m. – Organic Countryside AGM
We hope to be able to have another big barbecue outside the stable. We had such fun last time that it seems a shame not to repeat it.

Please help fund Noakes Grove during these difficult times

We can’t run any fund-raising events at present but we still have to pay the regular costs of keeping Noakes Grove well managed for wildlife, safe and insured for its visitors and volunteer workers as well has caring for the sheep. If you can afford a donation we (and the sheep) would be very grateful.
We prefer online donations via our website and people tend to search “Noakes Grove” rather than remember our long web address, which can take you back here to the Uttlesford Wiidlife website by mistake, please use the link beneath to go to the Organic Countryside website from where you can make a donation.
Make an online donation and become a Friend of Noakes Grove

We raise sheep and lambs in the meadow. As well as the meadow we have a small ancient woodland, a rough flower-rich field and an area of thorn scrub criss-crossed with grassy rides that possess a marvelous array of wild flowers, including several rarities. It is a truly beautiful place. The public are welcome visit Noakes Grove at any time, and we encourage use by community groups. We also hold occasional open days, wildlife events and regular work parties where volunteers help with conservation tasks – see below for more details.

Visiting Noakes Grove is free, but maintaining Noakes Grove ( liability insurance and regular tree surgery, for example). If you enjoy visiting Noakes Grove, please consider making a donation or becoming a Friend (you can do this online through our website:

Two requests for visitors with children:

  • When in the wood, please (everyone) keep to the paths which have no vegetation on them. Trampling off the paths is damaging the bluebell plants and other wild flowers.
  • Enjoy the pond but please stop children throwing sticks into it.

Footpaths from Saffron Walden