Conserving Walden's Countryside's
wildlife for you to enjoy



Noakes Grove

Noakes Grove, Sewards End

fox & cub
Kings Field Hempstead

Kings Field, Hempstead

Scotch Parch / Ellis Green

Scotch Patch, Ellis Green, Wimbish.


Ewe & lamb

Our Sheep are Wiltshire Horns

We have sixteen Wiltshire Horn sheep (ewes and ewe lambs) sometimes with a visiting ram.

The sheep are important because their grazing keeps our wildflower meadows in good condition. Read about our adopted ewes


Kids campfire

Children's Activities

We Have a Wild Child Club for 6 -10 year olds

Well-being actrvities for children of all ages

Pre-school Forest School (only for Bell Nursery pupils)

Saffron Walden Scouts and Brownies meet at Noakes Grove


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?.


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 2024
Organic Countryside Community Interest Company
Trading as Walden Countryside

Company number 06794848 - registered in England
VAT No: 947 3003 31

23 Tye Green, Wimbish CB10 2XE

01799 599 643

Updated 21 July 2024




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 Walden Countryside's official name]. Our other two reserves are on tenancy agreements.

Our main activities centre around our nature reserves but we are not only interested in preserving their wildlife. We are trying to make them more like the Walden Countryside of a century ago:

  • Producing local food without the use of pesticides and artificial fertilisers

  • Getting people using the land: as volunteer workers or simply enjoying the countryside

  • Encouraging children to enjoy, and learn about, their countryside

We are not just about creating and managing nature reserves, we want to:

  • Persuade local councils and private land-owners to create more public access to areas of countryside

  • Promote access to the countryside by campaigning for public rights of way to be kept accessible and adequately signed

Local Wildlife Sites

  • There over a hundred 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.



Noakes Grove Nature Reserve

The first and mmost important of Walden Countryside's resserves, Noakes Grove - a 9-acre nature reserve in Sewards End, near Saffron Walden was bought by Walden Countryside in 2008. It is open for public visits (on foot) at all times.

The reserve entrance is on Redgate Lane roughly half a mile north of Sewards End village hall.

Bus 320 serves the southern end of Redgates Lane (Sewards End village hall) while bus 319 stops at the Ashdon Road end of Redgates Lane.

Noakes Grove has a small flock of sheep: find out more


Noakes Grove History

The recorded history of Noakes Grove goes back to 1400 when a Mr Nokes was given permission to create a small-holding by clearing an area of Forest. This map was drawn in 1759 and shows that the woods and fields had the same boundaries then as now,

Read more about the History of Noakes Grove



Why not buy some shares?

It is the shareholders of Walden Countryside who have provided the funds to buy Noakes Grove. Shareholders get no dividends or other financial benefits but they do own and direct the company. Purchase of a minimum of £100 in shares gives life membership of the company (well more than life, you can hand your shares on to the next generation).

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