Annual Reviews

Each year we now produce an 'Annual Review' for Friends and Members, which incorporates a summary of our formal Year-end Report, plus what we hope are some interesting highlights of the year in question.

The previous few Annual Reviews can be downloaded here:

2016 Annual Review

2015 Annual Review

2014 Annual Review

2013 Annual Review

Members and Friends are sent these annual reviews as soon as they are produced each summer, and have an opportunity to attend our AGM each October and raise any issues.

If you would like to become a Friend, you can read more on our Join Us page, and then complete the application form.

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Hay Cut

After the vagaries of the summer weather in 2012 and the subsequent pressure on our contractor, the hay was cut and baled towards the end of August.

Plans had been for the crop to be used, for the first time, as animal fodder or bedding. However, despite the valiant efforts of the volunteer group pulling ragwort in July, further growth of this plant took place and so precluded the use of the crop.

magog_hay_0812_315Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) is a specified weed under the Weeds Act 1959. It contains toxins, which can have debilitating or fatal consequences if eaten by horses and other grazing animals. Our volunteer session in September, will again tackle this ongoing problem, so that, hopefully, we will be able to put our hay crop to better use next year. Other ‘injurious weeds’ to which the Act applies are spear thistle, creeping or field thistle and broad leaved dock, and we also have to address field thistles growing in the paddocks.


September 2012

Old Newsletters

Up until 2011 we produced a twice-yearly Newsletter, and you can still download copies of some of these here:

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pdf_logo_smallAutumn/Winter 2010

Spring 2010

Autumn/Winter 2009

Spring 2009

In 2011 the re-designed website was launched, and so the decision was taken to stop producing these Newsletters, and instead to use this website as the main means of communication for news and articles of interest.

This move away from a regular Newsletter meant that more of the Members' and Friends' subscriptions could be spent directly on the costs of upkeep and husbandry on the Down.

We would love every regular visitor to Magog Down to help support its upkeep by becoming a Friend. Read more on our Join Us page, and then complete the application form.