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). The smallholding is managed in a completely organic way

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, on foot and with well-behaved children and dogs. There is a Forest School for very young children, occasional open days to study the wildlife and regular work parties for those willing help manage the nature reserve. Full details on the website.

Visiting Noakes Grove is free, but maintaining Noakes Grove (just to pay the insurance and tree surgery costs for example) costs a lot. If you enjoy visiting Noakes Grove, please become a “Friend of Noakes Grove” for a donation of £5.00 per year per household. You can join online at We’ll keep you informed (by email) of special events and when any of our produce (lamb, apple juice) is available for purchase.

Footpaths from Saffron Walden


Scrub bashing and tree-planting
The next two work-parties at Noakes Grove are;

We will be planting hedgerow saplings and opening up the rides through the scrub area.

Sunday 17th February 10 – 4.00pm

Sunday 17th March 10 – 4.00pm

What you will need to bring

Suitable clothing, hand tools, if you have them, and a packed lunch. There will be a big fire so foil wrapped potatoes for baking could make a welcome addition for lunch, we will provide hot drinks.

It is very important to bring some good gloves for handling blackthorn and hawthorn that we will fell and burn.

[but note: we do have a stock of leather gloves, hand saws and loppers for those who cannot bring their own]

“Spring is Sprung” at Noakes Grove Nature Reserve – DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
Sunday May 12th 10:00am – 4:00pm – Redgates Lane, Sewards End

Family day : bring your (grand)kids and let them “go wild” (or just come on your own)

Free entry & parking – donations welcome, we suggest £5 per car or family group

Meet the lambs and sheep, enjoy nature discovery activities and campfire cooking
Puppet shows
Join in the bug hunts, pond-dipping, wildlife watching
Enjoy the springtime wild-flowers
Den-making, treasure-hunts, puppet-shows
Let your kids relax at a woodland mindfulness session
Tools and country crafts display
Light refreshments available (hot or cold drinks & cakes) or try a campfire-cooked sausage and nettle lunch.