Coronavirus Letter

 

20/03/2020

Dear members, friends and supporters of Open Country,

Due to the fast-changing situation around the spread of Coronavirus, we are taking steps to ensure the safety of all our service users, their families and members of the public. In order to limit the undue risk of exposure we are following the Government’s advice to reduce social contact wherever possible. As a result, we are sorry to announce that Open Country’s countryside activities are suspended until further notice.

We just wanted to say that here at Open Country we’re devastated not to be able to offer our countryside activities to our brilliant members and volunteers at the moment. We hope that you will understand the necessity of taking these actions and that we will be able to resume normal services in the not too distant future.  All this upheaval is only temporary and when the world starts turning again we will walk, cycle, watch nature unfold and work for wildlife – we’ll get #OutThereTogether.

Right now, the outdoors can offer us solace and time to refresh and refuel. Even if it’s getting outside into your garden or local park once a day, the outdoors can help us keep going – something we’ve known for the last 30 years! If you can get out in the countryside near to you, why not look at our ‘Countryside Directories’ which are available for free download on our website – www.opencountry.org.uk/countryside-access-directories

The Open Country team are working from home on projects that will allow us to come back even stronger when restrictions are lifted. We are at the end of a phone if you need to hear a friendly voice or just fancy a natter.

Whatever happens, we will keep you updated via newsletters, email and on social media. Keep in touch so we can give each other inspiration and support. All the Open Country team send you their very best wishes and hope that you and yours stay safe and well.

David Shaftoe,

Open Country Chief Officer