From Crispin Truman, CPRE <[email protected]>
Subject Keeping connected in difficult times
Date March 20, 2020 5:17 PM
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We all need to support each other during this difficult time

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Dear John

I hope you’re safe and well. I’m sure your mind is full of uncertainties, ‘what
ifs’ and thoughts on how to keep your family safe.

Looking out for each other has become ever more crucial in the past week and our
thoughts turn to those friends, family and colleagues who are particularly
vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak.

At a time when many people can’t get out to enjoy the benefits our countryside
brings, we’ll be joining forces with our colleagues in related charities to
share the sights and sounds of our natural world online as much as possible.

As you know, part of our work at CPRE, the countryside charity, is to support
thriving and connected rural communities and it’s great to see that many
communities – both rural and urban – are banding together to support vulnerable
people near them.

Initiatives such as the Covid-19 Mutual Aid Groups ( find one near you here [[link removed]] ) – is a wonderful example, but there are many more.

I experienced this myself this week, when two of our elderly neighbours had to
‘self-isolate’ and the entire street responded to an appeal for support in an
overwhelming show of community spirit.

The coronavirus outbreak also brings unprecedented challenges for organisations
and the people who work for them, so we've been taking some time to consider how
we make progress over the coming weeks and months.

We had been planning a number of exciting new campaigns to launch in the next
couple of months to help tackle some of the biggest issues facing our

We are now reviewing our plans for these campaigns, considering the new
situation we find ourselves in, and with everyone’s physical and mental
wellbeing at the forefront of our minds.

CPRE staff will now be working from home for the foreseeable future, which, much
as many of us enjoy the company of our families or flatmates, also serves as a
reminder for why we are here in the first place – our passion for getting
outdoors and enjoying the countryside.

So while we may all be adjusting to this new reality, some things,
unfortunately, remain the same – the countryside is still not accessible to
everyone, the health and wellbeing benefits of nature are not always
appreciated, and the climate is still in crisis.

With this in mind, we intend to keep campaigning from our makeshift individual
offices, collaborating online to explore new and creative ways to make an

And, to ensure we are all connected, we’ll be coming to you with more chances to
support valuable local campaigns that ensure the countryside is there for us in
these times of need.

If you’re able to get out in nature, in a way that keeps you and others around
you safe, take some time to appreciate the beautiful things we’re all working to

If there’s one thing we can take from this, it’s that we are stronger when we
come together.

We know you share our belief that a thriving and accessible countryside for all
is paramount to people’s health and wellbeing.

I want to thank you for your ongoing support, it’s even more important at a time
like this and really does make a difference.

Let’s all look out for each other and hold onto what is important to us in these
challenging times.

With best wishes to you and your loved ones,

Crispin Truman

Chief Executive

CPRE The countryside charity

CPRE campaigns for a better future for the English countryside. We work locally
and nationally to promote, enhance and protect a beautiful, thriving countryside
for everyone to value and enjoy. Founded in 1926, we’re a grassroots
organisation, with more than 100 local groups, a branch in every county and
60,000 members and supporters. CPRE is a registered charity (1089685) and a
company registered in England (4302973). CPRE holds and manages data in strict
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