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.

Previous Annual Reviews can be downloaded here:

2020 Annual Review

2019 Annual Review

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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New hedge and trees planted

The planting of a new hedge across the site, between the sheep padocks and the arable field, was completed on Wednesday 19th February. The 2,000 ‘whips’ were planted in three sessions on successive Wednesdays, when a few hardy volunteers turned out to brave the weather. The Governors are enormously grateful to these volunteers for their efforts.

The length of the hedge is about a third of a mile. The species we planted were:

  • Acer campestre (Field Maple)  
  • Corylus avellana (Hazel)
  • Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn)  
  • Euonymus europaeus (Spindle)  
  • Ligustrum vulgaris (Wild Privet)
  • Rosa canina (Dog Rose)      
  • Viburnum opulus (Guelder Rose)

A couple of weeks later, our hardy Volunteers were out again, planting a small copse of trees in the lower paddocks, on the South Down, just back from the new hedge, to enhance the landscape. The trees planted are 5 hornbeams, 2 white beams and 4 crab apples. In addition, they will provide shade for grazing sheep. This is to be known as Barnes' Copse and will mark the contribution by Joan Barnes, then Chairman of Stapleford Parish Council, and her late husband Ray, in the founding and early years of The Magog Trust.


A donation campaign in September 2013 to raise funds for the purchase of plants for the hedge contirbuted to the acquisition of plants and guards, and went partway towards funding it, but there is still a shortfall of around £1000. If you would like to contribute you may wish to use our donation form for this purpose.

21st March 2014

Old Newsletters

Up until 2011 we produced a twice-yearly Newsletter, and you can still download copies of some of these here:

pdf_logo_smallSpring/Summer 2011

pdf_logo_smallAutumn/Winter 2010

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.