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.
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.
Hedge Planting - third session 19th Feb, Volunteers welcome!
On Wednesday 12th February the weather was very unkind, and just three brave volunteers turned up to help the governors; another 300 plants went in along the hedge line. About 900 'whips' still remain to be planted, and we all hope it will be third time lucky with the weather.
On Wednesday 19th February we hope to finish planting this hedge.
- You are most welcome to join us any time between 10.00am and 4.00pm on the day to lend a hand.
- Stay as long as you like! You may wish to bring some refreshments.
- Bring a stout pair of boots and gloves and if possible a small spade.
- It would be very helpful to know if you intend joining the team: please email Volunteer to tell us to expect you if that is the case. Thank you!
This new hedge will provide a barrier between the sheep paddocks and the footpath along the crop line, and at the same time will provide a useful corridor for birds and invertebrates. Seven species are being used: Field Maple, Hazel, Hawthorn, Spindle, Wild Privet, Dog rose and Guelder Rose.
In response to our appeals to Members and Friends for donations towards the planting of a new hedge along the crop line on the South Down, over £425 has so far been raised toward the cost. The total cost of the materials and trees comes to just over £1900; any further donations would of course be most welcome and can be sent on our Donation form.
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).
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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
February 17th - April 30th 8am - 6pm
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
Completing the new hedge on 12th Feb was thwarted by the weather ... read more
Cutting the Grass
The 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
The 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!