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Trustee Changes

New Treasurer appointed

Following the retirement of Michael Bond, the Board of Trustees have been delighted to welcome David Barass as our new Honorary Treasurer, and also Bryan Davies joins the Board as a Governor.
    The Board are still keen to see further new Trustees to enable succession planning for when other current Governors stand down. Anyone who is interested should in the first instance contact the Chairman.

Tell us what you think

We'd like to hear about your experience at Magog Down. Please email us.

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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.

Magog Down – a unique area for restoration and conservation

The Magog Down is an area for restoration, conservation and informal recreation on the Gog Magog Hills just south of the boundary of the City of Cambridge, off the A1307 road to Linton and on Haverhill Road, Stapleford.

Magog Down is owned and managed by the Magog Trust who bought it in 1989. It covers 163.5 acres of previously intensively farmed arable land. It is freely open to all, all year round.

It has, two meadows sown with wild flowers and grasses native to chalk grassland.Six woods, planted between 1990 and 1992, with 24,000 native British trees. It is seeing the return of ground-nesting birds, like the skylark, and native flowering plants like the cowslip...read more

A community space for all to enjoy

Some of the activities enjoyed at the Magog Down include:

  • Fun for all the family - From flying kites and picnics in the summer to the toboggan runs of winter, the Down is just the place for a family day out all year round
  • Health & recreation - Whether out for a stroll, a walk with the dog or a slightly more energetic jog, the rolling fields and stunning views make this the perfect setting.
  • Flora and fauna - With a wealth of native trees, shrubs, meadow grasses, flowers and associated wild life, this restoration area is a must whether you are a keen amateur or a seasoned enthusiast.
  • Agricultural use - About one-third of the land is farmed under a standard arable crop rotation by contractors. Sheep are grazed in the paddocks on the South Down. Part of the site is managed under Entry Level Stewardship and part under Higher Level Stewardship under the guidance of Natural England.This helps in the overall aim of the project - to recreate a chalk grassland typical of more than a century ago.

News Round-up - January 2014

Success of 2013 donation campaign
Our mailing last September to Members to let them know about our AGM included an invitation to donate to specific forthcoming initiatives, viz the Bird seed for this winter, and the cost of a proposed new Hedge. We have been delighted with the very generous response of many Members, which means that the full cost of bird feeding has now been covered, and a good contribution has been made towards the cost of the hedge (see above).

Singing Trees
A recent visit by the Trustees to the RSPB Hope Farm at Knapwell showed the benefits of what are known as ‘Singing Trees’. These are tall standard trees with the crown, even of young trees well above the top of the hedge. These offer perches for bird species such as yellowhammer and corn bunting. Read more here about how we hope to introduce these on the Down.
 

Donate for nothing with "Giving a Bit"!
Anyone making online purchases is encouraged to take advantage of a great way to donate extra 'money for nothing' to your favourite causes, including The Magog Trust. So far, our contributions via this route total just over £15 - but with your help they could be much more than that! Register your account today at www.givingabit.com and follow the instructions to link your donations to The Magog Trust, then start seeing your donations add up when next you shop online.

Date for your Diary: Sunday 28th September 2014
This year will mark the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Magog Trust, and we will be celebrating the milestone with an event to which all current Friends and Members will be invited. The format will comprise a Sunday lunch with invited speakers, taking place at the Jubilee Pavilion, followed by the opportunity to have a guided tour of the Down itself. Further details will be circulated nearer the time.
 
 

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

Spring  opening:

February 17th - April 30th      8am - 6pm

News Highlights

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


Hedge Planting latest

hedge_planting_magog_down_022_453Completing the new hedge on 12th Feb was thwarted by the weather ... read more


Cutting the Grass

magog_hay_0812_60The grass cutting programme on the North Down of Magog Down attempts to imitate the short, lightly grazed turf of traditional chalk grassland...read more


Managing Restoration and Recreation

sheep_60The objectives of the Magog Trust are the provision of facilities for recreation and the conservation...read more

Note to Members

Do we have your correct contact details?

The Annual General Meeting of the Magog Trust was held on 12th October 2013. Notice of the meeting went by email on 20th September to all Members whose email addresses we hold, and by post to all other Members.

Please contact us if you think you missed this message as we may have your wrong address!