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Noakes Grove Newsletter - September 2018

The Nature Reserves of Uttlesford

An illustrated talk by David Corke

Thursday 6th September at 7:30 pm
(followed by refreshments & short AGM)

Fairycroft House: free car park

Uttlesford has a national nature reserve recognised as Europe's last remaining medieval forest.

The National Trust, Forestry Commission, Essex Wildlife Trust, Essex County Council, Birchanger Wood Trust, Woodland Trust and Walden Countryside offer you over 1800 acres of nature reserves and country parks to enjoy in Uttlesford.

Uttlesford District Council offers you none (uniquely amongst Essex district councils it manages no local nature reserves or country parks).

Learn how to take a (free?) bus wildlife safari to the deep south of Uttlesford

Read the accounts and reports for our AGM



Walden Countryside is offering a
free copy of "Explore Wild Essex"

This book gives full details of almost all the Country Parks and Nature Reserves that you can visit in the county. The full-colour 260 page book normally sells at £14.95.

One copy per household from the Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre while stocks last (250 copies available)

Also available at the September 6th AGM talk

Do you like old tractors?

We have an option to buy a 40-year-old ZETOR tractor, trailer and vegetation "topper" for habitat management work on our nature reserves. It works fine but will need some TLC now and again from someone enthusiastic about conserving old tractors. Could that be you? Please contact if it could.

When did you last go to Church?

You will be welcomed at the Noakes Grove Forest Church service at 4:00pm Sunday September 30th. Meet at Saffron Walden Common car park for car convey or go direct to Noakes Grove.

The service is organised by the Saffron Walden Anglican Church team. Contact


The Work Party Season is starting

This autumn and winter we have lots to do at both Noakes Grove and Scotch Patch. Some work parties will need to be arranged at short notice - if we may put you on our "work-party-news" email list, please contact us:

Saturday September 29th at Noakes Grove - 10:00 am to lunchtime only (log cutting and stacking)

Sunday September 30th at Scotch Patch, Ellis Green (Apple harvesting) 10:00am to lunchtime

Child's play

Mindfulness groups - the Tuesday (after school) sessions restart in September. School holiday sessions for 2018 & 2019 now booking.


If your child would like a Noakes Grove Birthday Party, we can organise it: take a look at our Birthday page.

Party timePLEASE may I have my birthday party at Noakes Grove?

Grown-ups' play

Many thanks to our supporters who buy a weekly Essex Lottery ticket in aid of Organic Countryside. We get about £15 a month as our share of ticket sales and so far two of our supporters have told us they have won a prize. Not exactly EuroMillions amounts but every little helps. Why not have a flutter and help Noakes Grove at the same time? You might win £25,000. We will win 50p for every £1 ticket you buy.


Visit our Essex Lottery Web-page

Essex Lotter supports Noakes Grove



If you are a Friend of Noakes Grove you are now automatically a Friend of Walden Countryside too. Friends are asked to make a small donation each year, if you think it's more than a year since your last gift you can donate on line. Please click here.

We especially need some donations to help build the foundations for the new barn we have been given for Noakes Grove.