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During the corona virus lockdown all our normal open days, work parties and children's events are cancelled.

You can still visit Noakes Grove on your own or with members of your household or other friends provided you obey the current rules on numbers in the group and social distancing.

If possible, walk or cycle to the reserve. At present our small car park can take a maximum of three cars at a time.


Download a map (pdf two A4 pages) of footpaths and cycle routes linking Saffron Walden with Noakes Grove

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 when we are able to complete the planned management work. 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 14 Wiltshire Horn sheep (ewes). Six breeding ewes are at Noakes Grove where the first pair of twin lambs were born on April 26th. The rest are at Kings Field or on private pastures.

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

Kids campfire

Children. We are running a very limited number of children's activities until lockdown is lifted. See the children's page for details.


Bee Orchid

Plants and animals. There are certainly more than 1000 different wild plant 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

Each week a £1 ticket could win you £25,000

It's certain that it will give 50p to fund Noakes Grove

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

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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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Copyright 2020
Organic Countryside Community Interest Company
Trading as Walden Countryside
Company number 06794848 - registered in England
VAT No: 947 3003 317

Updated 4 July 2020





Lockdown means that we have no income from open days and children's events: normally these are our source of funds to keep Noakes Grove managed, insured and safe for public visits.

Especially if you are continuing to enjoy visits to Noakes Grove we would be very grateful for any donation you can make to help us continue our work.

Data Protection: We will use your email address to send our newsletters (you can unsubscribe these ar any time). We will never give your information to other organisations or individuals.





Opening Kings Field to the public

We have been awarded a grant by Affinity Water for this project. Here's what we want to do as soon as be are able to start work when lockdown ends:

  • 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


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.