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.
Janes Piece Boardwalk
As many regular walkers will have noticed, a stretch of 27m of boardwalk has been laid along Jane’s piece, the permissive path along the SW perimeter of Magog Down, below Little Trees Hill.
This path gets very muddy in winter and is gradually destroying the chalk ground beneath it, and consequently the precious flora growing on the bank next to it.
To prevent further damage, and to make the walk better for users, this walkway was laid in January 2017.
The material used is made from sorted, but otherwise untreated, mixed plastic waste products. It looks like traditional timber, but it is much more convenient and potent for external applications as it can stand against any weathering condition. It is slime-resistant, rot-free, untreated by chemicals so it does not leach contamination into the ground or water-courses. The textured finish and algae resistance reduce the likelihood of slipping and the need for covering with chicken wire, which is not recommended.
Why was it not all boarded? Simply: Cost!
Sponsor a stretch of boardwalk: £40 per board.
If you would like to help cover the cost of installation, and raise more funds to lengthen this stretch, then we would welcome your donations to sponsor this at £40 per board; that is expensive you may say, and it is. The bill for this stretch of 27m was £5,024.
Any donations, large or small, are welcome. You can use our generic form and just mark your donation "Boardwalk". Thank you!
"What an improvement"
One of our Friends who has kindly donated towards the cost of the Boardwalk was effusive about how much of a difference this makes to that part of the Down:
"As a regular dog walker at the Magog Down I wanted to let you know what an improvement the new boardwalk has made. 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, whilst also protecting the chalk bank. This is why I am very happy to make a donation and hope others will do the same so everyone can enjoy the amazing views"
Existing Friends and Members need not fill in a donation form as we already have your details - just send a cheque or make a payment via online banking, letting us know that you want it to go towards the Boardwalk. Thank you!
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.