Become a Volunteer

Magog Down has, from its beginnings, benefitted from the contribution of its volunteers in a wide variety of ways and includes people from all ages and backgrounds.  As well as helping in the work of The Magog Trust, they have met new friends and gained new skills.

There are a number of ways in which you can volunteer.  Some are listed here.

  • Car park volunteers undertake the task of opening and closing the entrance gate on a daily basis.  Opening is at 8am with closing time varying according to the season.  On occasion, they leaflet cars who appear not to have paid the car parking charge, unless they are Friends.
  • Magog volunteers meet on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 2pm in the car park.  The volunteers help with some of the conservation tasks on the Down including cutting and raking grasslands, woodland coppicing, hedge maintenance and cutting back scrub.
  • Public relations volunteers can help with writing articles for the website, newsletter and local magazines/publications.
  • Volunteer support is also required to help in administration tasks.

We welcome organisations looking for opportunities to undertake group volunteering activities.

If you are interested in being a volunteer at Magog Down, please click here to get in touch, or send us a message below:

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Volunteers tidying and trimming hedge

A volunteer writes: John Coppendale

John has been associated with the the monthly working party for around ten years. He explains why he became involved, outlines typical tasks and highlights the benefits he gets from taking part.

Working Group volunteers enjoying a cup of tea

Monthly Magog Volunteer Working Party

Next meets on Wednesday 3rd July in the car park at 2:00 pm.

Come along once a month for an afternoon and join a group of volunteers who enjoy practical, open-air work at Magog Down. Supervised by our highly knowledgeable rangers, Claire and Nick Beale. You will also get to learn more about nature and wildlife on the Down, as well as refreshments.

Volunteers hedge planting on South Down

Recent Magog Volunteer activities

The working group undertake a variety of different tasks throughout the year such as trimming and tidying up hedges and trees, ensuring footpaths remain clear both at ground level and if anything is overhanging, clearing scrub, thistles, ragwort and other invasive weeds. Click on the button below for more details about some of the tasks carried out by the working group in recent months.