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

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.



Lockdown Visits to Noakes Grove

During the corona virus lockdown all our normal open days, work parties and children’s events have had to be cancelled. You can still visit Noakes Grove on your own or with members of your household.

If possible, walk or cycle to the reserve. At the moment, our small car park can take a maximum of three cars at a time.

It is very important to keep at least two metres from other people but it is still ok to chat with fellow visitors while staying well apart. Please try to avoid touching gate catches etc (that others are likely to touch) with bare hands.

We may have to restrict access if too many visitors come – so please make some of your visits to other good wildlife areas nearby. They are bigger than Noakes Grove so can welcome more visitors safely.

If you are “home-schooling” your kids, by walking with them to visit Noakes Grove, we would love to see any pictures, stories or poems your children create during or following their visit. If you contact us in advance of your visit ( ) before your visit we may be ble to loan you pond-dipping or bug-hunting kit.

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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 marvellous 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:

Footpaths from Saffron Walden


Work Parties

Unsurprisingly all work parties are cancelled at the moment,

Hope everyone is staying safe and well.

All the best until we are able to meet again,

Finally, we’re very excited about being one of Tesco’s Bags of Help good causes in April, May and June. We’re hoping to encourage families (and other visitors) to come to the reserve and enjoy the well-documented benefits of being outdoors, and will use the money to run events and buy equipment and – if we raise enough – to make a pond-dipping platform. We’d be very grateful if you’d support us when you do your shopping.

Children’s Birthday Parties

We occasionally host birthday parties at Noakes Grove, with nature-based activities and campfire cooking (from £120); all fees go towards managing the reserve. If you’d like to find out more, please visit the website or contact Emma Horton (  or  01799 513696).