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Friends of Magog Down

The Friendship campaign was launched in April 2010 and we currently have nearly 200 Friends who contribute to our work through an annual subscription. This is in addition to the around 270 Members, some of whom have been contributing since the very beginning. (Visit our Magog Trust page for more about Members.)

We would love each visitor to Magog Down to help us look after this special piece of countryside by becoming a Friend of Magog Down.

In 2014 we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the purchase of Magog Down. Help us to continue to maintain  this diverse Chalkland habitat by becoming a Friend if you are not one already. Join us now!

The Magog Down is there for our families and future generations.

Support woodlands

It costs approximately £30 to maintain 100 trees in any one year.

Currently the Trust has 20,000 trees and shrubs to maintain so each year we need £6,000.00 for this task.

Donations can be made to support the upkeep and maintenance of woods on Magog Down. These funds do, of course, cover costs incurred in thinning, weeding and felling, as the initial major planting schemes have now been completed.

If you would like to support us in this way, please contact us by email, or by writing to the registered address. Your donation will be entered in the Book of Trees and if you wish, we will record whether it marks a special occasion or is made in memory of someone dear.

If you wish the donation to be Gift Aided please complete the donation form.

Become a Friend

Do you come here often? We estimate there are around 60,000 individual visits per year by people enjoying this space, yet the majority of those visitors still make no contribution towards the running costs. We would love each visitor to Magog Down to help us to look after this special piece of countryside by becoming a Friend.

THE COSTS:

Friend of Magog Down Annual Subscription
   
♦ Individual £15.00
♦ Concession (over 60 yrs) £12.00
♦ Family (up to 2 adults same household under 16yrs free)  £25.00

 

That's only 48p per weekly visits throughout the year for the entire family!

Your contribution will enable us to keep this spot beautiful, today and in years to come. We have no staff costs and work hard to keep admin overheads as low as possible, so that your annual subscription can go direct towards the day to day maintenance.

There is a Car Park, a Ranger service, paths upkept as well as wide provision for dog walkers including nearly 2.5 miles of off-lead dog walk and two play areas, as well as plentiful dog bin facilities, regularly emptied. 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 £50-60,000 a year just for the basic ongoing maintenance, less than half of which is met by external grants.

Please download and complete the application form to become a Friend, and send it in the post, today. Alternatively you could scan your completed form and email it to us.

THE BENEFITS:

Unlike the major national charities, unfortunately we cannot offer a package of exciting benefits in exchange for your Friend subscription!  The main benefit is a lovely warm glow as you walk around, from knowing that you are personally contributing towards the upkeep of this unique and wonderful place.

We now issue an annual car park sticker (or two for Family subscriptions), so that you can show off your support, and this also helps us when surveying the car park to see how many visitors are indeed contributing to the upkeep. We plan to introduce parking charges when current grants finish; parking will remain free for Friends who subscribe on an annual basis.

MORE QUESTIONS?

For further information about our Friends scheme, you may like to check out our Friends and Members - FAQ page.

Donations

A donation to The Magog Trust (Registered Charity No. 802150) can help us in the restoration of Magog Down and in its maintenance for your enjoyment today, and for future generations.

Please send cheques to the Registered Office address. You may like to complete the donation form, which includes a Gift Aid declaration.

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