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:

2018 Annual Review

2017 Annual Review

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.

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21st Birthday Celebration of the Magog Trust

Michaelmas 2010 marked the 21st birthday of the Magog Trust. More than 80 people signed up to toast the anniversary with bubbly and cake to celebrate the event at Great Shelford Memorial Hall on 29th September.

Kathleen Foreman, Chair of the Magog Trust, gave a brief description of the recent work of the Trust on Magog Down, emphasizing the support of the volunteer groups and the ongoing maintenance required to service the thousands of visitors who now use the chalk grassland site. There are, unusually for Cambridgeshire, high points on the site with extensive views over the surrounding counties and towards the City. At the time of purchase, little was known of the Bowl Barrow or Causewayed enclosure, which have since been classified as scheduled monuments and so have their own impact on the management of the site. In addition to trees planted in the early days on this site, 50% of the woodland will require thinning and this will gradually take place over the next 5-10 years. It gives the opportunity to create new vistas and outlooks in the years ahead. Whereas individual trees could be sponsored at the start of the project, now there is the opportunity to sponsor the maintenance and upkeep of Woods on Magog Down.

After Kathleen's update, Peter Friend (Chairman of the Friends of the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences) provided some insights into the fascinating geological context of the Down. Peter spoke of the Geology of Little Trees Hill and the surrounding area which took us into another time dimension with regard to the history of the site. It was amazing to learn that the River Cam once flowed on top of the Hill, leaving its mark on top of the chalk.

The evening ended with a presentation by Jon Gibbs, Magog Trust Governor and Head Ranger of CPPF (Cambridge Past Present and Future) on woodland management specific to the Down. The original planting is now causing some overcrowding and some selective tree removal is being planned. Jon spoke of the management of the woodlands on Magog Down, from the choice of species, the planting of the whips, and their protection to the stage we are at now when thinning has to take place to allow tree canopies to develop and allowing the opportunity to create woodland glades and paths. From a spectacularly successful survival rate of 93% of the young trees Jon reported that 50% of our trees will require to be thinned out, though this will be managed over a number of years.

The chairman had to finish on a sour note with the announcement that a sheep had been mauled and had to be destroyed and a number of sheep bitten, this taking place on 27th/28th September. The Governors are pursuing all channels to reinforce the Rules for Dog Walking on Magog Down which follow these laid down in the Countryside Code.


September 2010

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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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.