Note to Members
Notice of AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Magog Trust will be held on 12th October 2012. Information about the meeting and a voting slip can be found on the Magog Trust section of our site. Please contact us if you plan to attend the AGM.
With annual expenditure of around £66,000 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.
News Round-up - September 2013
New Hedge Planting
In order to enhance the habitat for cross-site nature pathways, it is proposed that a hedge is planted across the site along the crop line, punctuated with a copse of trees at the paddock intersection. Not only will this enhance habitat, but will improve the general view looking southwards and break up the pronounced linear aspect of the site. About 500m of mixed natural species is to be planted; each £1 you give will help. Your donation will help with the planting and maintenance of this new feature on Magog Down.
A band of volunteers meets monthly on Magog Down to carry out tasks such as cutting back blackthorn, laying woodchips, planting new hedges, pulling ragwort. A couple of hours in the open air helping maintain the Down can be a rewarding experience. Presently the group meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 2pm. We would like to have another group at the weekends, giving more people the opportunity to help. Please let us know if you would like to be involved at either time; it would be great if someone would volunteer to lead a weekend group. If you are interested in helping, please e-mail email@example.com quoting subject Volunteer.
We have an ever increasing number of photos which we desperately need someone to organise so that they can be shared on the website. Do please get in touch if you could help with our picture library: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org quoting subject Photos.
Many enjoy walking their dogs on Magog Down and also meeting other dog owners in Fair Field, the dog play area. The majority of dog owners respect this beautiful area, clean up after their dogs, respect the Countryside Code by keeping their dogs under control and have them on a lead where requested. Sadly some are less caring of the countryside and those around them. Much is done for dog walkers: provision of off-lead walking, play area, winter and summer path maintenance, dog bin clearance – all amounting to well into thousands of pounds. Emptying the dog bins alone costs in the region of £4,000 annually. We would like some dog walkers to help us keep Magog Down a pleasant environment for everyone. If you would like to become a dog champion for the Down, along with others, then please e-mail email@example.com subject Dogs.
Car Park Opening Times
Management of the Down
Recent correspondence coming into our mailbox gives an opportunity to explain more about how Magog Down is managed read more
After the vagaries of the summer weather and the subsequent pressure on our contractor, the hay was cut and baled...read more
Bird feeding results
From early January through to early April the birds at Magog Down have been given a high calorie handout to help them survive the prolonged winter. read more
Woodland Thinning Programme
Woods were planted on Magog Down in 1990 with high density planting with the intention of thinning to ... read more
Managing Restoration and Recreation
The objectives of the Magog Trust are the provision of facilities for recreation and the conservation...read more