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


Volunteer Reunion and Task
Sunday 11th November 10am to 3pm

Noakes Grove, Redgates Lane, Sewards End, Saffron Walden CB10 2LW.

We are organising a second Volunteer Reunion Task to reconnect Conservation Volunteers.

We meet to accomplish a task, renew old friendships and create new ones. It is as much a social gathering as it is an event for completing useful conservation work.

The site has overgrown scrub, ancient woodland and meadowland. We wish to return it to an area to young vigorously regenerating growth encouraging a range of wild flowers, butterflies and birds.

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]

Contact Vyvyan Veal on 01799 520592 or e-mail