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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UPDATE on the Big Scoop initiative

Following our previous article spelling out the importance of Bag It and Bin It compliance on Magog Down, here's the report on the Big Scoop initiative.

At 9am on the 13th of April, four volunteer dog walkers assembled with the aim of ridding the 163-acre site of the stray dog poo left by irresponsible dog walkers. Helene, Friend of Magog Down and organiser of this initiative, writes:

"We split into two groups, and set off up either side of the big field, until we met at the middle gate to compare the enormous amount of poo we had collected. Then back to base.

"In the afternoon, two more dog walkers completed the procedure on the bottom loop, so that all paths had been covered and cleared. They then added their collections to ours in the wheelbarrow which Bill French had kindly provided. This was on show on the corner near the dog field to the right as you enter the site, for several days including over the Easter weekend, with an explanatory leaflet explaining our actions and the resulting mound of excrement in the barrow.

"There is no need for volunteers  to do this if you clear up after YOUR dog. Please do, for the sake of all dog owners who use and love this wonderful place, so that we can continue to walk here for years to come."

We echo Helene's words, and also once again express our thanks to all those who DO bag up and use the bins provided - the weekly kerbside collection of several large black bin bags of what our contractor has emptied from these bins is testament to the fact that those who do not pick up are indeed very much a minority.

To read why "Stick and Flick" is not appropriate here, see our previous article.


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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.