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.
DO YOU KNOW THE RULES?
So many people make regular use of the free Permissive Open Access on Magog Down, it is easy to forget that the whole area is privately owned, and access is permitted only within certain rules.
The Governors of The Magog Trust have recently reviewed the Regulations applying to the use of Magog Down by the public, and have made a couple of changes in response to recent issues (more detail here).
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.
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.
Car Park Opening Times
beg May - late October 8am - 8pm
late October - mid February: 8am - 5pm
mid February - end April 8am - 6pm
We can now look forward to the arrival of our summer migrant birds read more...
Tribute to Jane Randell
We were saddened to hear of the death of Jane Randell in April: she had been a power force in the early days of the Trust... read more
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
Barnes copse planted
A new copse of trees on the South Down bears the name of the Barnes family, acknowledging their contribution at the outset of The Magog Trust ... read more
Orchid marks milestone
In July 2014 a Pyramidal Orchid flowered for the first time in the 25 year history of Magog Down... 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.