Magog Down

ABOUT MAGOG DOWN

magog down 2011 photo by O.Smith

The Stapleford Fun Run is held on Magog Down by kind permission of the Magog Trust.

You are welcome to Magog Down and are invited to become a Friend. This private site, with chalk grassland, is open for public access for informal recreation; whether for a stroll, a walk with the dog or a jog, the rolling fields and stunning views make this the perfect setting.

Forms to become a Friend, or make a donation, can be downloaded from www.magogtrust.org.uk website

Magog Down – a unique area for restoration and conservation

The Magog Down is an area for restoration, conservation and informal recreation on the Gog Magog Hills. It has two meadows sown with wild flowers and grasses native to chalk grassland. Six woods, planted between 1990 and 1992, with 24,000 native British trees. It is seeing the return of ground-nesting birds, like the skylark, and native flowering plants like the cowslip.

A community space for all to enjoy

Some of the activities enjoyed at the Magog Down include:

  • Fun for all the family - From flying kites and picnics in the summer to the toboggan runs of winter, the Down is just the place for a family day out all year round.
  • Health & recreation - Whether out for a stroll, a walk with the dog or a slightly more energetic jog, the rolling fields and stunning views make this the perfect setting.
  • Flora and fauna - With a wealth of native trees, shrubs, meadow grasses, flowers and associated wild life, this restoration area is a must whether you are a keen amateur or a seasoned enthusiast.
  • Agricultural use - About one-third of the land is farmed under a standard arable crop rotation by contractors. Sheep are grazed in the paddocks on the South Down. Part of the site is managed under Entry Level Stewardship and part under Higher Level Stewardship under the guidance of Natural England.This helps in the overall aim of the project - to recreate a chalk grassland typical of more than a century ago.

For more information see www.magogtrust.org.uk