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Car Park Opening Times

CURRENT: Summer opening:
beg May - late October    8am - 8pm

Winter opening:
late October - mid February:  8am - 5pm

Spring opening:
mid February - end April      8am - 6pm

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Bag it and Bin it!

There are ten bins for dog waste dotted around the site, and these are emptied by our contractor twice a week. The contract does not include picking up "stray" poo from the paths - we rely on responsible owners to bag and bin it themselves.

Courtesy of DogsTrust: "Scooper Hero" poster competition winner

Thank you for taking the time to place your own dog's poo in these bins, and thus helping to keep the paths clear for all visitors.

25 years on - how it began

The project started in 1989 when the land came on the market; the price of the land was £327,000. The Magog Trust was formed, and purchased the land in September 1989; it then initiated a programme of reclamation and development for long term conservation and recreation.
... Now, with average annual expenditure in the region of £90,000, continued support is required so that the work goes on...For much more on the history and background, go to 'About'

User Survey Summary

In July 2014 we surveyed visitors one weekday morning between 8am and 10.30am. During this period:

  • 42 visitors (cars) were logged
  • 38 of these were dog walkers
  • all but 2 were regular visitors
  • only 12 of the dog walkers were Members or Friends.

We would like all regular visitors to Magog Down to help contribute to the costs of upkeep by either becoming a Friend or, if they prefer, just making a donation. This form allows you to do either. Thank you.

Next Working Party

The next Volunteers' working party will be on Wednesday 7th November, 2018, led by Rangers Claire and Nick Beale. Chosen task for this month yet to be decided, check back here nearer the time, or check on Twitter.  All Welcome!

Meet at 2 pm in the car park and bring stout boots and gloves.

Magog Down – a unique area for restoration and conservation

The Magog Down is an area for restoration, conservation and informal recreation on the Gog Magog Hills just south of the boundary of the City of Cambridge, off the A1307 road to Linton and on Haverhill Road, Stapleford.

Magog Down is owned and managed by the Magog Trust who bought it in 1989. It covers 163.5 acres of previously intensively farmed arable land. It is freely open to all, all year round.

It has two meadows sown with wild flowers and grasses native to chalk grassland. Six woods, planted between 1990 and 1992, with 24,000 native British trees. It is seeing the return of ground-nesting birds, like the skylark, and native flowering plants like the cowslip...read more

A community space for all to enjoy

Some of the activities enjoyed at the Magog Down include:

  • Fun for all the family - From flying kites and picnics in the summer to the toboggan runs of winter, the Down is just the place for a family day out all year round
  • Health & recreation - Whether out for a stroll, a walk with the dog or a slightly more energetic jog, the rolling fields and stunning views make this the perfect setting.
  • Flora and fauna - With a wealth of native trees, shrubs, meadow grasses, flowers and associated wild life, this restoration area is a must whether you are a keen amateur or a seasoned enthusiast.
  • Agricultural use - About one-third of the land is farmed under a standard arable crop rotation by contractors. Sheep are grazed in the paddocks on the South Down. Part of the site is managed under Entry Level Stewardship and part under Higher Level Stewardship under the guidance of Natural England.This helps in the overall aim of the project - to recreate a chalk grassland typical of more than a century ago.

Jane's Piece Boardwalk:  "What an improvement!"

In January 2017 a 27-metre long section of Boardwalk was laid along the permissive path known as "Jane's Piece". The cost of materials and installation for this short section was a little over £5000, and we are now inviting donations to Sponsor the existing boards (they work out at £40 each!) and to raise further funds to extend the walk along the chalk bank.boardwalk_jan2017_scaled_250

One of our Friends who visits regularly and has kindly donated was most enthusiastic about what an improvement it's made, saying: 
"On numerous occasions I have seen people having difficulty with the rough and sometimes slippery terrain and think this new installation will make it safer and more accessible."

As well as improving access, the boardwalk will prevent further damage to the chalk ground beneath it, thus protecting the precious flora in the bank next to it. 
See our News item for more information and how to donate.

REMINDER: Magog Down is a Drone-free Zone!

drone180_180Flying of drones (UAV) is not allowed over or from Magog Down unless for a defined project with written authorisation by Governors of the Magog Trust.

Aircraft have always been forbidden, and in June 2015 the rules were updated to specifically exclude drones as well. We ask all visitors to abide by the Rules of the Down at all times. Thank you!
 

Bags of Help at Tesco

Great news we have been rewarded our grant request of £2,900 in order set up this additional in terms of fencing, gates and seating. On top of this there will be annual costs of grass cutting and dog bin emptying.

Thank you for your support.

During January and February we were one of three charities looking to receive money from the local "Bags of Help" scheme. Supporters voted for us using their blue tokens in any of the Tesco stores in and around Cambridge. tescobagshelpsmaller
See more about the project in this News item. We will now finish the project with the installation of a couple of picnic benches and some notices.

We Showcase Your Photos

pasqueflower_anthonytwist_closeup_250We're always delighted to receive pictures taken on and from Magog Down.

Most recently one of our Friends has spotted this Pasque Flower among the plentiful Cowslips on North Down. Our Your Photos page in the Gallery is there to showcase some of the pictures from our visitors. If you'd like to send in any you have taken, you can use the dedicated email address:  
photos@magogtrust.org.uk

We can't promise to use them all, and we do rely on you kindly allowing us to use them for free. We will always credit you by name, unless of course you tell us that you don't want that.  Maximum size we use for the website is 1000 pixels wide.

The next Bird Club walk will be on Saturday 3rd November

Meet in the car park at 8.30am. If the weather is very poor, it may be delayed until the next Saturday. All welcome, sorry no dogs.

Waitrose Community Matters

Thanks for your support in the  "Green Token" scheme in the Waitrose Trumpington branch for the month of April 2018.

We have received a cheque for £413waitrosecmlogo_180
Thanks to all who took part to help

Follow us on Twitter

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Other News Highlights

Sponsor the Boardwalk

giftaidappicon_60The Jane's Piece Boardwalk is hailed as a welcome addition, and we invite donations  read more...


Counting Butterflies

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Ash Dieback update

ash_dieback_thumbnail_60This disease has swept East to West across Europe, affecting the woods in Magog Down read more...


The Big Scoop

big_scoop_logo_60Volunteers collected un-bagged dog poo, and why you should NOT "Stick and Flick" it here! read more...


Woodland Thinning

woods_for_webagm_square_60Upper Memorial Wood undertook its programmed thinning in January read more...


Countryside Code reminder

countrysidecodelogo2_60In November we reminded visitors about "keeping dogs under effective control" read more...

Join us

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It costs around £60,000 per year to maintain the accessible parts of Magog Down, including the Ranger service, twice-weekly dog-bin emptying, regular grass cutting, fence and gate repairs, and forestry activities (not counting the cost of farming our arable section).

Grants and investment income do not fully meet these costs, so the Magog Trust looks for additional support from each visitor to the Down. Please become a Friend to help us look after this special piece of countryside, year after year.
 

NOT US, BUT NEARBY:
"The Gog": Farm Shop and Cafè

Sitting on the A1307 opposite the turning to Magog Down is The Gog Farm Shop and café where you are welcome to have a rest and a drink.

This neighbouring business is totally separate from Magog Down, despite Google sometimes conflating the two!