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.

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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Major works starting in 2012

In 2009 a non-invasive archaeological survey, commissioned by English Heritage, confirmed the presence of a Middle Neolithic (2400 – 3000 BC) Causewayed Enclosure around the 60m contour of Little Trees Hill. The site was Scheduled in 1994 on the basis of 1950/60 B&W aerial photographs, by which time Magog Wood had been planted alongside the 19th century Shelter Belt giving the now familiar treed skyline across Magog Down. These Enclosures are rare with just five in East Anglia and 50 – 70 nationally.

Working with English Heritage and The Forestry Commission Magog Trust will remove 0.5ha of Magog Wood and part of the Shelter Belt to protect this ancient structure from further damage. Once the trees are removed, the surface, high nutrient leaf litter will be removed before grass is sown. Native species such as Wild Thyme and Purple Milk-vetch, recorded but since lost from Colin’s Bank, will be re-introduced in the process of re-establishing the floristic chalk grassland first recorded in the 1600s through to Enclosure in the 19th century.

On the South slope, changes to the sheep paddocks will redirect the off-lead path below the 60m contour. The slope and Colin’s Bank will merge into one area. This will be closed occasionally to allow sheep grazing.

This work will dramatically change the skyline of Magog Down reflecting the historic dominance of the Bronze Age Bowl Barrow atop Little Trees Hill.

It was certainly not foreseen, when we bought the land 21 years ago, that we would be custodians of sites of the ancient peoples of this land, but are privileged to be able to maintain it so that evidence of our past will remain for generations in the future. We aim to do this without detracting from the enjoyment of those using the site while, at the same time, enhancing the natural aspects of the living environment for flora and fauna.


September 2011

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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.