And it was Magog, the name chosen, for a 66ha (163.35 acre) site on these hills and farmed as arable fields, bought in 1989 by a newly formed company and charity, The Magog Trust, which had a future vision for the land with wonderful views of Cambridge to the north and five counties spread before it to the South.
A chance reading by local builder Ray Barnes, of an article on the sale of the land, written in the Cambridge Evening News by journalist Christopher South, and related to the vicar of Stapleford, Colin Davison, was the spark to set the project going. The project was to buy the land and make it available for public access.
With public awareness heightened by the sale of around 3,000 “GOGS”, notional pieces of land, and a campaign supported by the Cambridge Evening News, as well as grants, donations from public bodies, local firms, local councils and individuals, and loans, the purchase price of £327,000 was reached and on 29th September 1989 the land was purchased. The three founding Members of The Magog Trust were Colin Davison, Christopher South and Joan Barnes, wife of Ray and Chairman of the Stapleford Parish Council at that time. Sadly, Colin died suddenly only a couple or so months before the purchase was agreed.