With annual expenditure now around £90,000 required to maintain the Magog Down including resourcing the Ranger Service, Dog-Bin Emptying, Farming and Forestry activities as well as administration, the Magog Trust is reliant on support from each visitor to the Down as well as grants, donations and income investment. Please become a Friend to help us look after this special piece of countryside.
Gog Magog Hills
Farm Shop and Cafè
Sitting on the A1307 opposite the turning to Magog Down is the Gog Magog Hills Farm Shop and café where you are welcome to have a rest and a drink.
Tell us what you think
We'd like to hear about your experience at Magog Down. Please email us.
Focus on Volunteers
The success of Magog Down depends on and is thanks to many people contributing their time and effort to maintain and improve this remarkable asset in our village.
The Volunteer Group was busy in 2014, planting a long (third of a mile!) hedgerow in February 2014 on the South Down. Other tasks have included controlling thistles, repairing seats, removing unwanted scrub and litter picking. The first few 'Singing Trees' were planted in December.
Are you interested in finding out more about what Volunteer tasks involve, and how you can help? We will be holding an evening meeting on Wednesday, 25th February 2015, to explain the work of the Magog Trust and to encourage more people to consider volunteering. Visit our Volunteering page to read more about different tasks which we need help with, and for details of the February event.
Singing Trees - whatever next?!
At Magog Down this winter, thanks to the generosity of several Friends and Members of the Trust, we will be planting some ‘Singing Trees' in the hedge on the western border of the arable area.
It is true that, should you walk along the perimeter path next spring, you are unlikely to hear a rendering of the Hallelujah Chorus - but what you may be able to hear is bird song, particularly the songs of the Magog yellowhammers and corn buntings; these birds choose hedge trees from which to proclaim their fitness to breed and to warn potential competitors to stay away. The Trustees saw such trees in place at Hope Farm in Autumn last year, and are delighted to be able to put some in place here on Magog Down.
We will be planting a range of attractive flowering trees - Crab apple, Rowan, White beam, Cherry Plum - not only to promote song but also to provide pollen and nectar for bees and other insects, and later in the year berries to help the birds survive the winter. The western hedge is about 500m long and the trees will be about 20m apart.
We would be delighted to receive additional donations towards the cost of purchase, planting, and ongoing upkeep of these new trees. If you would like to contribute then please download and return our Singing Trees Appeal donation form.
View of a hedge containing Singing Trees at Hope Farm in Cambridgeshire. Hope Farm is owned and run by the RSPB.
A new Copse to mark 25th Anniversary
Barnes Copse was planted this spring on Magog Down.
The name acknowledges the part played by Joan Barnes and her husband Ray, at the outset of The Magog Trust, the company formed to purchase 163.5 acres, on the Gog Magog Hills, now known as Magog Down. Picture shows Joan Barnes in front of the newly planted copse.
The 25th anniversary of this purchase was celebrated on 28th September, with a gathering of Friends, Members and guests, in The Granary ... read more
25 years on - how it began
The project started in 1989 when the land came on the market; the price of the land was £327,000. The Magog Trust was formed, and purchased the land in September 1989; it then initiated a programme of reclamation and development for long term conservation and recreation.
... Now, with average annual expenditure in the region of £90,000, continued support is required so that the work goes on...For much more on the history and background, go to 'About'
Car Park Opening Times
October 26th - mid February: 8am - 5pm
mid February - end April 8am - 6pm
beg May - late October 8am - 8pm
The Magog Trust contracts our experienced Ranger service through CPPF ... read more
Our Winter Visitors
Probaby the best place in the local area to see migrant birds such as fieldfare and redwing is on Magog Down ... read more
Dog walkers abound
Our visitors survey in July revealed that a majority of visitors are dog walkers who come regularly ... read more
Orchid marks milestone
In July this year a Pyrimidal Orchid flowered for the first time in the 25 year history of Magog Down... read more
Our stall at the Shelford Feast in July was buzzing with interest! ... read more
Easter bird count
At Easter we asked visitors to help us by recording all the various species of birds they saw on their walks ... read more
New Hedge and Trees
The planting of a new hedge across the site was completed on 19th February... read more
Why does it cost so much?
Our incoming Treasurer explains in this article where our money comes from and how much we have to spend... read more
Notice to Members
The Annual General Meeting of the Magog Trust was held on 11th October 2014. Full accounts for the Financial year to 31st March 2014 have now been posted on the Magog Trust page.