The past six months have brought a level of challenge to our organisation that is difficult to put into words. We have been left with an enormous financial hole to fill and, whilst our actions have helped steady us in the short term, we are now heading into a recession and we will need to be creative and flexible.
Without the Government Job Retention scheme, our future would have been bleak. We have also been able to secure grants to support us, through the emergency fund from National Lottery Heritage Fund and Esmee Fairburn Foundation. Our wonderful members have been loyal to us and have been key in helping us survive.
We have been faced with difficult decisions to secure the future of the Trust and, sadly, we have had to make redundancies. With an incredible and passionate workforce, we have done so with a heavy heart.
As we begin to return to normal we must not forget the things that helped us. We saw a huge surge of people turning to nature to provide solace in times of uncertainty. It was a small glimpse of the life we used to know. It helped us to create our Nearby Nature Survey - you will see the encouraging results when it is published.