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“Get Out Into Nature!” Says Britain’s National Trust

“Get Out Into Nature!” Says Britain’s National Trust

Great news for all of us nature lovers!

Britain’s National Trust, an organization that preserves outdoor spaces as well as historic buildings in the UK, is planning a campaign this year to improve peoples’ links with nature and wildlife.

The Trust’s director general Fiona Reynolds said children needed freedom to discover nature for themselves.

More Children Injured Falling Out Of Bed Than Falling Out Of A Tree

More children go to hospital having fallen out of bed than having fallen out of a tree, she said.

The movement to re-connect children and their families has been growing rapidly in the past few years, as more and more people recognize the many benefits of being in touch with nature.

For children, spending time in nature brings improved grades, increased creativity, and better physical health, to name just a few. And at a time when one third of our youngsters are overweight or obese, getting off the couch and into the Great Outdoors is especially important.

The trust is marking the centenary of the death of Octavia Hill, one of its founders, who fought to preserve public open spaces in London and elsewhere. Indeed, when I lived in London, it was thanks to Hill that I was able to spend many wonderful Sundays exploring Hampstead Heath. a park that she campaigned to keep.

“A Nation Of Nature-Lovers”

From the BBC:

“It’s about wanting to give children a sense of freedom to discover,” said Ms Reynolds at a news conference in London.

“The campaign will help children to get outdoors and connect them with nature, including things that can be done at trust properties, to try and stimulate a nation of nature-lovers.”

In recent times, a number of agencies have warned that children in the UK and other developed nations are spending ever less time in natural surroundings.

A 2009 report for Natural England showed that only 10% of children now experience woodland play, as opposed to 40% of their parents’ generation.

The ingredients of the campaign will be made clearer in April but are likely to include an expansion of activities such as den-making and pond-dipping, which children can already do at some National Trust properties.

We Belong To Nature, And It’s Part Of Us

As first reported by the BBC, Matthew Oates, the Trust’s specialist on nature and wildlife experience, explained:

“But it’s not just for children – we want adults who’ve gone to cities, with children and grandchildren, who can go out and experience nature and recall that in the end, we belong to it and it’s part of us.”

Exactly!

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2:17AM PDT on Apr 7, 2014

Thanks

9:47AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

Thanks!

10:55AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

Good article, thank you for sharing.

10:55AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

Good article, thank you for sharing.

7:46AM PST on Dec 11, 2012

Thank you Judy, for Sharing this!

6:53AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Visit nature as often as possible.

7:21AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Nature is what we must return to and cherish forever. If not, it'll slowly disappear. :(

3:57PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Cool!

8:45AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

I live in England and have enjoyed what the National Trust has to offer many times. Living in the country myself I am aware however that some people seem to think that any open space is open to them, to use and abuse. I was walking on a friends land recently, he is a farmer, when I saw a family group finishing up their picnic. As they started to leave they were leaving behind a pile of rubbish, tin cans, a used disposable bbq etc. I asked them why they hadn't cleaned up after themselves they said that there were no rubbish bins around so they didn't see why they had too; where they lived, in a major city, there were waste bins everywhere. I politely pointed out that they were on private land, that they hadn't got permission tgo be there so the least they could do was to clear away their mess. Their reply shocked me - "this is the countryside, it belongs to everyone!" That isn't the way it works, the land that they were happily littering is land where my friends grazes his cattle, these are the same cattle that might one day make the beef burgers they were no doubt enjoying cooking on their bbq. National Trust land is great but please respect the countryside; a lot of land owners do not mind if people walk through their land or maybe even pitch a tent on it but please don't take it for granted. Afterall those living in town wouldn't be that delighted if my friend held his next picnic in their front garden!

5:27AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

Most of my outdoor time is spent just walking not quite half a mile to and from work--in a very urban environment at that--not skyscrapers like New York City, but most of the urban problems--just with shorter buildings and taller trees. Even that small amount of walking helps get me more nearly fit than many other 68 year olds.

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