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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Managing Restoration and Recreation

The objectives of the Magog Trust are the provision of facilities for recreation AND the conservation, protection and restoration of the countryside. Expansive aims set out when it was formed in September 1989, to meet the requirements of diverse groups with outlooks which at times differ.

Sheep grazed on chalk grassland was the original land use before arable farming started in 1894, a habitat giving rise to some of the most botanically species-rich communities found in the UK. Sheep grazing is essential to manage this habitat and so vital for Magog Down and on which our income from grants is dependent. Paddocks have been introduced to achieve a rotational grazing of the grassland, and for the protection of the animals; initially electric fencing was used and was replaced when sheep worrying first took place. Repeated episodes of attacks are still occurring, and experts are in no doubt that these attacks are by dogs. In order to minimise further risks and protect animals on our land, paths around the sheep paddocks will be closed when sheep are grazing.

From its opening to the public, Magog Down became a popular place to walk dogs. The erection of fencing around the perimeter, to exclude rabbits from the newly planted trees, brought about an opportunity to provide for walking a dog off- lead. With the increasing number of visits to the site, which can be around 200 in a day, the regulations for walking dogs on Magog Down had to be established, and enforced by the Ranger service. Dogs are required to be on lead at all times, except in the designated areas. This is to fulfil the objects of the Trust ie to provide an area for recreation for all, and for conservation and restoration. This follows the advice in the Countryside Code.

The Governors of the Magog Trust welcome all responsible visitors to this beautiful place and hope that you will understand the need for these occasional path closures.


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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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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.