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 investment income. 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.
Jane Randell - A tribute from Christopher South
All those involved with The Magog Trust are saddened to learn of the death of Jane Randell, who was a power force in the early days of the Trust, writing many of the original press releases and responsible for much of the correspondence which went out in the initial money raising campaign.
Our President Christopher South has sent in the following personal tribute:
Many active present members may not realise what a debt we all owe to Jane. In the early days of the trust she was ever the one with her feet firmly on the ground, combating the wild and whimsical with her good common-sense as we picked our way ahead.
Perhaps her greatest legacy is what we now take for granted: a ceaseless search for new minds, new hands and new ideas. It was Jane who nagged us at successive meetings that we needed more members from outside the original circle, younger and willing to act as well as talk about what should be done.
I believe her experience in the organisation of complex nursing solutions was a factor in our favour. She brought system and structure. Her no-nonsense practicality was worth a cartload of fine thoughts. She and Mary cared for plants and the natural world in the same loving light they cared for people. When she stubbornly stuck to her guns I sometimes prayed she would cease; now she has and I long to be chivvied again.
Christopher South, 13 April 2015.
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. Visit our Volunteering page to read more about different tasks which we need help with, and how to get in touch.
Singing Trees - whatever next?!
At Magog Down last December, thanks to the generosity of several Friends and Members of the Trust, we have planted the first batch of ‘Singing Trees' in the hedge on the western border of the arable area.
It is true that, should you walk along the perimeter path, 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. 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: the first eight were planted in December 2014, with more trees to follow in future years.
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, where the Trustees visited in 2013. Hope Farm is owned and run by the RSPB.
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
mid February - end April 8am - 6pm
beg May - late October 8am - 8pm
late October - mid February: 8am - 5pm
Update on Ranger Service
The Magog Trust has engaged a Conservation Ranger to patrol Magog Down... read more
Rare hilltop to re-open
What some call the "best view in Cambridgeshire" will soon be accessible again ... 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
New Hedge and Trees
Planting a new hedge across the site was completed... 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.