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Our nature reserves, sheep, kids and wildlife

Noakes Grove

Noakes Grove, Sewards End. almost nine acres of ancient woodland, scrub and wildflower meadows. Grazed by our small flock of sheep. The reserve is always open to the public: come and enjoy it. Learn more, leaflet download etc.

Kings Field Hempstead Kings Field, Hempstead. Four acres of pasture land and hay meadow crossed by a small river. Not yet open to the public: but it will be soon. Learn more.
Scotch Parch / Ellis Green

Scotch Patch, Ellis Green, Wimbish. A one-acre traditional apple orchard which is part of the eight acre Ellis Green Common Local Wildlife Site. Always open to the public.Learn more.

Ewe & lamb

Our Sheep. We have 13 Wiltshire Horn sheep plus 7 of his year's lambs. Seven ewes and lambs are at Noakes Grove and the rest at Kingsfield.

The sheep are important because their grazing keeps our wildflower meadows in good condition.

Kids campfire

Children. We welcome many different children's groups at Noakes Grove.

Hold your child's birthday party at Noakes Grove...full details

Bee Orchid

Plants and animals. There are certainly more than 1000 different wild pland and animal species that live in our reserves. We currently have quite good lists for flowering plants, butterflies & moths and vertebrate animals at Noakes Grove. Take a look at the lists. Can you help add to our records?

Essex Lotter supports Noakes Grove

Are you one in a million?

Each week thar you buy a £1 ticket for the Essex lottery:

  • you have a one in a million chance of winning the £25,000 jackpot
  • a much greater chance of getting one of the more modest prizes
  • the satisfaction of knowing that, whoever wins, Noakes Grove will get 50p for every ticket you buy

Please visit our page on the Essex lottery website to find out more and buy your tickets


Download our leaflets

We have a long list of printer friendly leaflets, visitor guides etc for you to download.

Take your pick


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Opening Kings Field to the public

PLEASE VOTE to get us a grant (see below).


We are on a short-list of three projects for a grant from Affinity Water. Whoever gets the most votes will have their project funded. Please help by registering your vote on line. It is free and takes only a couple of minutes.

We want to make Kings Field more like Noakes Grove - visitor and child friendly:

  • Public access, with some permissive paths, welcoming signs and guide leaflets at the gate
  • The stream through the middle of the reserve is one of its most important features. We plan to create a footbridge over it for visitors and our sheep to use.
  • The stream banks are deep-sided so it is difficult to get near the stream or even see it. We plan to dig out part of the bank to make a wider stream valley with more gently sloping banks. The digging work will also create a pool beside the stream but not create a dam hindering water flow and passage by fish.
  • We want to create a "Forest school" area where organised groups of children can enjoy the reserve and learn about its wildlife

Please VOTE NOW to help us with is project.

Walden Countryside - who we are

We are a not-for-profit community interest company. The land at Noakes Grove is owned by Organic Countryside CIC [that's our officil name]- the money to buy Noakes Grove comes from generous people who buy our shares.

Full details of the company are here.

We need lots more shareholders because we still have an outstanding loan to repay before the land is properly ours for ever. You can become a shareholder for a minimum shareholding of £100. This protects 25 sq metres of Noakes Grove for ever. That's a real bargain.

How can I become a shareholder in Noakes Grove?

How you can help

DONATE - and become our Friend

Enquire about being a volunteer - give your time and skills to help manage our nature reserves

Friends of Walden Countryside get our monthly email newsletter, early news of all our events and the wonderful, but not compulsory, chance to be one of our volunteers. This can be physical work at the reserve, office work, finding grants, whatever you are good at and want to do.

You can become a Friend for a yearly donation (you choose the amount - most people give £5 - £10) or signing up as one of our volunteers.

Local Wildlife Sites

There are hundreds of local wildlife sites (mostly in private ownership, some publicly owned) in the northern half of Uttlesford.

Walden Countryside aims to work with the owners of these sites to maintain and improve their value for wildlife. See full details of the sites in your parish.

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Organic Countryside Community Interest Company
Trading as Walden Countryside
Company number 06794848 - registered in England
VAT No: 947 3003 317

Updated 17 July 2019