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Summer 2020

Photo: The River Eden near Kirkby Stephen by Rod Ireland Photography

Dear <<First Name>>,

As we emerge from coronavirus-induced lockdown and a bizarre and troubling six months for all, I am delighted to finally be able to share Eden Rivers Trust's 2019 review, In Full Flow with you. I hope you will enjoy reading about our work; looking back on another successful year for the Trust and our exciting plans for the year ahead.
Current news reports suggest that over those six months, many of us have found considerable solace in our countryside, and in the green and blue spaces in our towns and cities. We are also noticing nature much more.
That is certainly true for me, and I think this can only be a good thing for individuals and our societal attitude to the environment.

I am truly grateful to live in the Eden Valley, and feel very privileged to have been able to walk by the River Eden every day during the lockdown, letting my mind rest - in the company of sand martins no less! 

I’m not the first or last to find rivers mentally soothing; John Clare wrote eloquently in the early nineteenth century about the effect being near the River Gwash had on him:
Oh, thus while musing wild, I’m doubly blest, My woes unheeding, and my heart at rest.”
In the uncertain months ahead, time spent ‘musing wild’ may well become all the more important given the predicted changes and intense economic stress many will face.

Eden Rivers Trust is a strong, if small charity, with a stable staff team and well-managed finances. The Trust has proved flexible and resilient over the years, and we aim to continue to be so.

I am confident that we will adapt to whatever ‘the world with Covid’ requires ... in fact, we have already begun, with three river restoration projects going ahead in 2020 on the Lyvennet, Leith and Trout Beck that will create some superb new wetland and in-river habitats.
All our staff will be back to work in some capacity by the end of July and we will need you — our supporters — to help us ‘catch up’ in 2020 and move positively into 2021, which is our silver anniversary year!

Please keep safe and keep in touch; help us where you can and look forward to celebrating 2021 in fine style with us. Social distancing or not, I guarantee there will still be much to do for the river, lots to celebrate and naturally, plenty of 25th birthday cake!
All the very best,
Elizabeth Radford
Chief Executive Officer

Download In Full Flow - our review of 2019 >>

The River Gwash

Where winding Gwash whirls round its wildest scene,
      On this romantic bend I sit me down;
On that side view the meadow’s smoothing green,
      Edg'd with the peeping hamlet’s chequering brown;
      Here the steep bank, as dropping headlong down;
While glides the stream a silver streak between,
      As glides the shaded clouds along the sky,
Bright’ning & deep'ning losing as they're seen,
In light and shade: to where old willows lean;
      Thus their broad shadow runs the river by,
With tree and bush replete a wilder’d scene,
      And moss and ivy speckling on my eye.
Oh, thus while musing wild, I’m doubly blest,
My woes unheeding, and my heart at rest.
John Clare (1793 - 1864)
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