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

Sunday 19th December

Work party at Noakes Grove including hot soup and mince pies at lunch time

Social distancing will apply and we will be in the open air at all times

From 10 am to 3 pm

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