Like everyone, the Trust is dealing with unprecedented challenges caused by coronavirus. Restoring nature across Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull has become harder than ever during the pandemic. The UK is already one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world, and the lockdown is posing further challenges for our work in the local area. At the same time, people are relying on nature to help look after their physical and mental health during lockdown and reconnecting with nature at a scale not seen for decades.
Many Trust staff are furloughed and those that remain in post are focused on ensuring the charity survives through these difficult times and emerges in a place of strength to continue its crucial work. Meanwhile, vital work has had to be put on hold with all nature reserve management paused, education and events cancelled, volunteering ceased until further notice, and all partnership projects stopped. In addition, both Trust visitor centres and cafes at Brandon Marsh and Parkridge have temporarily closed following Government advice. The Trust also previously commented on planning applications and the impact of HS2 across the county and its resource in this area has been temporarily reduced because of the impact of Covid-19.