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.
Visitors reminded to abide by the Countryside Code
Respect – Protect – Enjoy
- This is what we are all required to do when in the countryside according to the statutory guidance of the Countryside Code
This is the code that The Magog Trust asks visitors to Magog Down follow, ie to respect other people enjoying the countryside, which includes all visitors including dog-owners and for them to keep dogs under effective control. [Click on the link above to read the Countryside Code online version, or click on the picture below to go to the PDF leaflet version.]
- • keeping your dog on a lead, or
- • keeping it in sight at all times, be aware of what it’s doing and be confident it will return to you promptly on command
- • ensuring it does not stray off the path or area where you have a right of access
The majority of dog walkers visiting Magog Down, do follow the Rules of Magog Down which reflect this code, and keep their dogs on leads in the designated areas. However, some do not, despite the best efforts of our Ranger and other dog walkers who do point out when the guidance is not followed. Unfortunately, it is often the few, who do not respect others sharing this lovely place, who spoil it for the many.
The Governors do review use of Magog Down by dog owners, and how best to balance different users' needs. They may have to reconsider the privilege of walking dogs off-lead, only permitting dogs off-lead in the designated play area. So, do help us to see that the Countryside Code is followed.
We encourage all visitors to Magog Down to become Friends, who make a very modest financial contribution annually, and so take on some of the responsibility of caring for this special place.
See also our detailed guidance for Dog Walkers
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.