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Friends of Magog Down

The Friendship campaign was launched in April 2010 and we currently have over 900 Friends who contribute to our work through an annual subscription. This is in addition to the around 270 Members, some of whom have been contributing since the very beginning. (Visit our Magog Trust page for more about Members.)

We would love each visitor to Magog Down to help us look after this special piece of countryside by becoming a Friend of Magog Down.

In 2014 we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the purchase of Magog Down. Help us to continue to maintain  this diverse Chalkland habitat by becoming a Friend if you are not one already. Join us now (downloads our form), or Join via CAF Online (to set up a Direct Debit).

The Magog Down is there for our families and future generations.

Support woodlands

It costs approximately £30 to maintain 100 trees in any one year.

Currently the Trust has 20,000 trees and shrubs to maintain so each year we need £6,000.00 for this task.

Donations can be made to support the upkeep and maintenance of woods on Magog Down. These funds do, of course, cover costs incurred in thinning, weeding and felling, as the initial major planting schemes have now been completed.

If you would like to support us in this way, please contact us by email, or by writing to the registered address. Your donation will be entered in the Book of Trees and if you wish, we will record whether it marks a special occasion or is made in memory of someone dear.

If you wish the donation to be Gift Aided please complete our donation form. Alternatively, you can pay by card or Direct Debit when you donate via CAF.

UPDATED Announcement re coronavirus (COVID-19)

The car park to Magog Down is now closed, with effect from Tuesday 24th March 2020. The site remains open for access by foot or bicycle (please park your bicycle sensibly and then walk around the site).

Police guidance is clear that people should not be travelling by car to take their exercise away from home during these unprecedented times. This is supported by the Kennel Club. We recommend that our many hundreds of regular visitors take this opportunity while the streets are so quiet to enjoy exploring your local area: greet your neighbours (at a safe distance!), look around you and admire the architecture, and observe what flora and fauna is emerging in your street.

Essential maintenance work at Magog Down continues, so the entrance must be left clear at all times. Thank you.

Become a Friend

Do you come here often? We estimate there are around 60,000 individual visits per year by people enjoying this privately owned space, yet the majority of those visitors have been making no contribution towards the substantial running costs.  A car parking charge of £3 per day was introduced in 2nd January 2019 in order to ensure that all visitors are making a contribution.

Frequent visitors may prefer to Become a Friend and receive a car sticker (or two) which will exempt them from the car parking charge.

THE COSTS:

Friend of Magog Down
Annual Subscription Car stickers
♦ Individual £15.00 One
♦ Concession (over 60 yrs) £12.00 One
♦ Family (up to 2 adults) £25.00 Two


Please download and complete the application form to become a Friend, and return it to us by post or email. Alternatively, if you prefer to set up a Direct Debit then you can join via CAF Online. Whichever payment method you choose, please allow up to three weeks for delivery of your car stickers (but do expect a confirmation email within a few days, and check your Spam if you've not seen it).

Your contribution will help us to keep this spot beautiful, today and in years to come. We have no employed staff costs and work hard to keep admin overheads as low as possible, so that nearly all of your annual subscription can go direct towards the day to day maintenance.

There is a Ranger service, paths upkept as well as wide provision for dog walkers including nearly 2.5 miles of off-lead dog walk, two dog exercise areas, and plentiful dog bin facilities which are emptied twice weekly all year round. Additionally there are seats, picnic areas, easy access paths and cycle racks. Not to mention arguably some of the best views in Cambridgeshire!

All this is privately owned, maintained and managed by the Magog Trust, a charitable company. It costs around £50-60,000 a year just for the basic ongoing maintenance, less than half of which is met by external grants.

THE BENEFITS:

Unlike the major national charities, we cannot offer a package of exciting benefits in exchange for your Friend subscription! We won't even send you constant begging letters since we simply don't have the time or resources to do that; just a few emailed news updates per year is all you'll get, and if you want them your car sticker/s in the post once a year. 

The main Friends' benefit for a long time has been a lovely warm glow as you walk around Magog Down, knowing that you are personally contributing towards the upkeep of this unique and wonderful place.  Compared to that pleasure, the new benefit of saving a few pounds on car parking seems terribly mundane.

Because of the free parking Friends will now be entitled to, we can no longer claim Gift Aid on subscriptions (unless you opt out of having a car sticker, as some of our non-local or car-free Friends do). But any other donations on top of a Friend subscription are eligible for Gift Aid, which we very much welcome.

MORE QUESTIONS?

For further information about our Friends scheme, you may like to check out our Friends and Members - FAQ page.

Donations

A donation to The Magog Trust (Registered Charity No. 802150) can help us in the restoration of Magog Down and in its maintenance for your enjoyment today, and for future generations.

Please send cheques to the Registered Office address. You may like to complete the donation form, which includes a Gift Aid declaration. Alternatively, you can pay by card or Direct Debit when you donate via CAF.

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