Magog Down


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. Alternatively, you can pay by card or Direct Debit when you donate via CAF.

New Trustees welcome

Are you interested in securing the future of this fragile landscape? Consider becoming a Trustee!

We are always looking for able local people interested in what we are trying to achieve with the restoration of intensively farmed arable land to traditional chalk grassland. The Board of Trustees needs to have people with a wide range of knowledge and skills to inform our discussions and decisions.

Collectively we need working knowledge of current environmental issues, finance, land management and relevant legal requirements.  Trustees do not have to be experts in any of these subjects as we can and do seek professional advice from experts.  We need people able to give time to helping the Trust and its small army of volunteers without whom we would be able to achieve very little.

Covid-19 and visiting Magog Down - 12 May 2020

After reviewing the Risk Assessment, taking into consideration the Government Guidance of 11th May and making necessary arrangements, the Trustees are pleased to announce that the car park will re-open on Wednesday 13th May.

Also, after an absence of more than five months since its theft, the car park ticket machine is now back in operation, and there is a £3.00 parking charge for those who are not displaying an up to date "I'm a Friend" car sticker. This is still by necessity a coins-only machine; we are working on a cashless solution with renewed urgency.

Visitors are reminded to maintain social distancing with people not in your household, at 2m (about 6ft) apart throughout a visit to Magog Down.  Please keep dogs under control at all times, especially near other visitors, and on leads where requested.  Necessary precautions to prevent viral contamination should be taken when opening and closing gates, and using benches.

Enjoy your visit to Magog Down and do wash your hands on returning home.

The Magog Trust

Objectives of the Trust; the provision of facilities for

  • Recreation; dogs-on-lead site except in designated areas
  • Conservation, protection and restoration of the countryside in Cambridgeshire
  • Support of registered charities having similar objectives

The charity is constituted as a company limited by guarantee, and is therefore governed by a memorandum and articles of association. The charity’s object and its principal activity continues to be restoring the major part of its landholding to chalk pasture and woodland open for public amenity with provision for wildlife conservation and sanctuary. The charity is a registered farmer.

The charity is organised so that the Trustee Directors meet regularly to manage its affairs. There is one self-employed part-time administrator who both manages the day to day administration of the charity and supports trustees organising fundraising initiatives. All work on the land is carried out by contractors or by volunteers.

Become a Trust Member

If you want to become involved in the Company, the Magog Trust, having a voting right at the AGM, then an application to become a Member will be reviewed by the Trustee Directors of the Trust. We're always delighted to hear from those who want to do more than simply making a modest annual subscription as a Friend.

For new applications, please write to The Chairman, The Magog Trust, 1 Vergers Cottage, Gog Magog Way, Stapleford CB22 5BQ, explaining why you wish to become a Member - perhaps there is a particular aspect of our work which you would like to become involved in or think you can help with?

For those who became Members before the Friends category was introduced in 2010, Membership renewal does not require this application. As of September 2019 we have around 260 registered active Members, around half of whom are Life Members. There are now over 1500 Friends subscribed, a number which has increased from about 200 since the introduction of car parking charges in January 2019; the aim to ensure that all users are making a contribution towards upkeep of the site has thus been met.

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You may wish to leave a gift in kind or in cash to a charitable organisation such as The Magog Trust.

The Registered address of the Charity:
The Magog Trust
Vergers Cottage
1 Gog Magog Way
CB22 5BQ

Do feel free to contact us further.

Annual General Meeting

magoglogo2_60The Annual General Meeting of the Magog Trust will be held on Saturday 12th October 2019, at the Johnson Hall, Gog Magog Way, Stapleford.

There will not be any presentations this year, just the mandatory business of the AGM. Formal Notice and Agenda can be downloaded here, as can our short Annual Review:

AGM Notice 2019

Annual Review 2019

Privacy Policy

The Magog Trust has always taken great care over the personal data of its Members, Friends, Donors and Volunteers. The introduction of the new GDPR legislation in May 2018 has given us the opportunity to set out our policy clearly in writing.

Privacy Policy

Trust Management

Trustee Directors

Chairman & Company Secretary:
Mrs Kathleen Foreman

Honorary Treasurer:
Mr Chris Bow

Other Trustees:
Doug Clarke
Bryan Davies
Jon Gibbs
Sara Sayer
Iain Webb

President and Patrons

Christopher South

Joan Barnes

Ian Hay Davison CBE,
Sir Hugh Duberly KCVO CBE,
David Rayner,
Dr Robert Macfarlane.