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Noakes Grove


Grid ref: TL 572 388 (click for o/s map)

Updated 10/12/2020.

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A small but diverse nature reserve near Safffron Walden, managed by a local Friends Group. It has a patch of ancient, mainly oak, woodland, an area of thorn scrub, some rough grassland, a pond, and a meadow area that is grazed by rare breed sheep.

The meadow has a good population of a rare plant – wild liquorice – and also yellow wort and pyramidal orchid. Bluebells, dog's mercury and just a few oxlips grow in the wood. In summer there's a chance of seeing silver-washed fritillary or marbled white butterflies.


On the left off Redgates Lane, 500m north of Sewards End, which is on the B1053 east of Saffron Walden. SatNav: TL 572 389.

Accessible at all times.

Summer for wild flowers and butterflies.

Electric fences are used to enclose the sheep. Please keep children and dogs well away.

© David Corke