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

Members make a donation of any amount ideally at least once a year. They get email newsletters each month. (Most folk give more as a donation than the £5 fixed subscription.

Shareholders get life membership – minimum investment £100.

We aim to manage the reserve sustainably, with a positive impact on wildlife. The dedicated website for Noakes Grove is at   The email address is

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

Forthcoming Events at Noakes Grove

Winter work parties

Join us for a Christmas celebration on Sunday 17 December at Noakes Grove midday onwards

Work parties next year starting Sunday 21st January 2024
and every third Sunday until March
Come any time after 10am and before 3pm.

The winter work parties have been busy managing the hedge at the far side of Noakes Grove and will be continuing that work into the new year. We made a start on this in October and November, with a reasonable length now completed. There is still a long way to go!

But, the December work party on 17 December will mostly devote itself to a lunchtime celebration with some festive foods and drink and quite a lot of cheer. It doesn’t matter if you have not been part of the work party team, but just one of our supporters, we would love to see you.

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