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. In 2016 we will be offering the opportunity to purchase small celebratory plaques of a defined size, which will adorn the back of our new Noticeboard.
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
We would love each regular visitor to Magog Down to help us in to look after this special piece of countryside year after year by becoming a Friend.
The annual costs to become a Friend and support us:
That's as little as 48p per weekly visit throughout the year for an entire family!
Your regular contribution will help us to keep this spot beautiful, today and in years to come.
There is a Car Park, a Ranger service, paths upkept as well as wide provision for dog walkers including nearly 2.5 miles off-lead dog walk and play area as well as dog bin facilities, emptied twice weekly. Additionally there are seats, picnic areas, easy access paths and cycle racks.
All this is privately owned, maintained and managed by the Magog Trust, a charitable company. It costs around £90,000 a year to run.
Please download and complete the application form to become a Friend, and send it to us, today.
Don't want to commit?
If you prefer to just make a one-off donation, that's very welcome too. You can use the same form for this.