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.

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

The March work party is this Sunday, the 15th; it’s our last chance to cut back some of the vegetation in the rides before nesting season begins. Do come along (for as long as you like) – bring sturdy footwear and tough gloves, if you have them. We will be there from 10am. Hot drinks and biscuits will be on offer but bring your own lunch.

A heads up for future work parties in April (Sun 19) and May (Sun 17) – there are lots of jobs we can do still. And our annual Open Day this year will be on Sunday 24 May, 10:30 until 4,  with puppets, refreshments, and hopefully lambs! It’s a lot of fun  – hope to see you there.

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).