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

The next work parties at Noakes Grove will be on:

Sunday 21st April
Sunday 19th May

Come any time after 10am and before 3pm.

It’s the start of the nesting season so we will leave the work on the hedge now until the autumn. The volunteers have made great progress in winter and spring this year, cutting back the scrub where it had grown out into the field, so that we can get access to restore the original line of the hedge.

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