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:
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.
A Magog Trust Milestone
The Magog Trust is approaching its 25th Anniversary this year and it's a good opportunity to reflect on some of the milestones that have been achieved. What was once a farmer’s field has become a favourite place to walk, run, fly a kite, have a picnic or just enjoy the countryside. As if in celebration, a Pyramidal Orchid, Anacamptis pyramidalis (right) has flowered for the first time in all those years.
Perimeter woodlands and hedges screen noise from the roads enhancing a peaceful environment. The remaining area is managed in three sections: the lower is managed for arable crops whilst both the South and North slopes around the hill are managed to encourage the rare chalk plants that have survived over the previous century of arable farming. Sheep graze on the South whilst the North is cut in July/August. Both areas are abuzz with bees, butterflies and moths every summer. The costs of farming this diverse site are high and the Magog Trust does not receive any funding from local authorities. The European Agri-Environment schemes provide some income as grants and this scheme sets a high standard for the management of the land.
Woodland areas are supported with grants from the Forestry Commission, and are managed under their guidance. This provides a rich understory giving a good habitat for birds, small mammals and insects, and a section of the arable field is to be developed for winter bird feeding.
The aim of The Magog Trust is to ensure that the 163 acres of Magog Down continue to meet the needs of both conservation and informal recreation for a high number of visitors. We know that up to 18,000 cars visit the Down every year which equates to about 40,000 visits. This popularity is a testament to the work of The Magog Trustees and all the volunteers who have created this stunning area since 1989. The Trust recognises that the increasing numbers of houses being built in the Cambridge area will add to the footfall on Magog Down, and the costs of protecting it. We ask for your help in contributing to the running of this beautiful community asset by becoming a Friend.
With the help of a large number of volunteers, hedges are managed, new ones planted, paths cut and hay mown. The rabbit fencing, originally installed to protect the young trees, has recently been replaced to continue the provision of an off-lead dog walk of over 2 miles, and also to protect the sheep. The Trust spends nearly £5000 a year just to provide and empty bins for dog waste. Overall annual spend on upkeep and maintenance is in the region of £60,000.
1st August 2014
Up until 2011 we produced a twice-yearly Newsletter, and you can still download copies of some of these here:
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.