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.
The previous few Annual Reviews can be downloaded here:
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.
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Magog Trust was held on Saturday 15th October 2016. The AGM was preceded by short presentations on “Butterflies on Magog Down” (Barbara Massingham-Stubbs) and “A day on Magog Down” (Jon Gibbs, Conservation Ranger). Click the links to read more about these.
The mandatory business of the AGM itself then followed. The Magog Trust is the Charitable Company which owns and manages Magog Down. Total income for the year to March 2016 was £81,910 - a reduction of 7% on the previous year's income, while expenditure had reduced by 14% compared to last year, being £73,653 for the year to March 2016.
The Magog Trust has no employees; much of the work on the land is done by various contractors, with administration also being provided as a contracted service. The six Governors carry out all their management oversight tasks on a voluntary basis, and the Chairman noted that they always welcome any additional people who would like to join the team.
New Trustees welcome
Are you interested in securing the future of this fragile landscape? Consider becoming a Trustee!
We are looking for able local people interested in what we are trying to achieve with the restoration of intensively farmed arable land to traditional chalk grassland. The Board of Governors needs to have people with a wide range of knowledge and skills to inform our discussions and decisions.
Collectively we need working knowledge of current environmental issues, finance, land management and relevant legal requirements. Governors do not have to be experts in any of these subjects as we can and do seek professional advice from experts. We need people able to give time to helping the Trust and its small army of volunteers without whom we would be able to achieve very little.
Up until 2011 we produced a twice-yearly Newsletter, and you can still download copies of some of these here:
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.