Note to Members & Friends
Did you receive the AGM notice?
The Annual General Meeting of the Magog Trust was held on 6th October 2012.
Members and Friends were all sent information by post or email. If you are a Member or Friend and did NOT receive anything, then we probably have an out-of-date email or postal address for you.
Please contact us if this applies to you.
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With an 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 support us join us now
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.
Car Park Opening Times
NB new hours from this week:
May 1st - October 27th 8am - 8pm
Notice of Event
The Down will be in use on Sunday 19th May for Stapleford PTA's annual Fun Run ... 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
Magog Hills Farm Shop and Cafè
Sitting adjacent to Magog Down is the Gog Magog Hills Farm Shop and café where you are welcome to have a rest and a drink.