Write to your local newspaper

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Write to your local newspaper

Chartham Down in the mist, photo by Ian Hufton

The most important thing you can do to support our campaign is write to your MP. But, if you’ve emailed your MP and want to do more, one great way to help is to write to your local paper and raise awareness of our movement to restore nature.

Writing your letter

  • Include your name and address. Newspapers will only publish letters where an address is provided.
  • Be as succinct as possible.
  • You can use the template here as a starting point, but feel free to add a personal touch, explaining why wildlife matters to you.

Template letter

Dear Sir/Madam

Wildlife in Kent is in trouble – too many species are in decline and at risk of extinction. Habitats are being lost, damaged and fragmented at a terrifying rate, and there isn’t enough space or resources for wildlife to survive.

The government has committed to creating a new Environment Act. For the first time in 20 years, this law is an opportunity to create a wilder nation for future generations.

That’s why I’m standing alongside Kent Wildlife Trust in calling on our local MPs to back a strong Environment Act.

Our new Environment Act needs to ensure that politicians are answerable to meaningful targets for nature’s recovery. It needs to set in place new legal requirements to create a joined-up ‘Nature Recovery Network’ that will allow wildlife to move more freely around our increasingly fragmented landscape. And we need our new law to put in place a strong, independent watchdog that can challenge decisions that are damaging to nature.

Nature is in real peril, but it’s not too late. I would encourage others locally to join Kent Wildlife Trust’s campaign for a Wilder Kent at kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/EnvironmentAct.

Yours sincerely,

Your name & Address

NB: Newspapers won’t publish letters unless a full name and address is provided.

Sending your letter

Check your local newspaper’s letters page as they will usually include information about where to send your letters.

The best way to send your letter is by email. Write ‘FOR PUBLICATION’ in the subject line and paste your letter into the email rather than attaching it.

Finally, a big thank you from all of us here at Kent Wildlife Trust.

Water Vole (Arvicola amphibius), Kent, UK - Terry Whittaker/2020VISION

Water Vole (Arvicola amphibius), Kent, UK - Terry Whittaker/2020VISION


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