New view and blossom

Car Park Opening

CURRENT: Summer opening:
beg April - mid September    8am - 8pm

Autumn opening:
mid September - end October  8am - 6pm

Winter opening:
beg. November - mid Feb:  8am - 5pm

Spring opening:
mid February - end March      8am - 6pm

In Memoriam - FAQ

Q:  Can I scatter my loved one's ashes?

A:  Because the Down is private land, you need to formally seek, and be granted, permission from the land owner, who is the Magog Trust. Please contact us with some information about when and where you would like to scatter ashes.

Q:  Can I erect a plaque in memory of a loved one?

A:  We are keen to limit the number of such signs on the site, though have made a few exceptions over the years in special cases.  We plan to offer the opportunity to purchase small celebratory plaques of a defined size, which will adorn the back of our Noticeboard. Details of how to arrange this will be posted on the website.

Q:  Can I plant a commemorative tree on the Down?

A:  No, we are not in a position to plant specific trees on the site in memory of loved ones.  We welcome donations towards the upkeep and maintenance of the Woodlands, and for those made in memory of loved ones, we keep a permanent record in our Book of Trees.

Q:  Can I sponsor a seat?

A:  We have a waiting list. There are now about 50 seats around the site, all of which bear inscriptions to loved ones. The decision was made some years ago not to add any more seats, lest the site become overcrowded with them.

As and when the existing seats come to need replacing, the positions will be offered first to the original sponsors if we are still able to contact them. If those families do not wish to replace the seat, then the position will become available to those on our waiting list.

For those who may wish to join the waiting list now, we anticipate it could be a very long wait, in the region of ten years or more, before a place becomes available.


Become a Friend

If you value Magog Down and would like to help keep it open for all to enjoy, why not contribute towards the costs of upkeep by making a donation or becoming a Friend? Friends also park for Free! (For other visitors, a daily charge of £3 is now in force.)

It costs £15 per year for an Individual to be a Friend, or £25 for a Family subscription (entitled to two car parking stickers). There is more information on our Join Us page, or just click on the link below to sign up.


Magog Down is managed largely by Volunteers: Trustees who give their time freely, and many others who help with various practical tasks, whether as a regular commitment or on an occasional basis. Nevertheless, annual upkeep costs around £50-60,000, only a small portion of which is met by government grants.