Enjoying nature

Enjoying nature

Contact with nature has halved in a generation.*

Woodlands, countryside and parks have become out of bounds to a generation of ‘cotton-wool kids’ with fewer than 10 per cent playing in such places.* Many children, particularly those from disadvantaged urban areas, have no contact with nature at all.

The outside classroom can offer pupils a field trip on their doorstep... everyday.

In a survey of schools that improved their grounds with LTL support, 88 per cent said it resulted in MORE creative learning and environmental awareness.**

Outdoors, the impact of changing seasons assumes greater significance and children can learn to take care of nature, from growing food to designing wildlife habitats. The creation of natural environments in school grounds means that everyone gets to enjoy and to value nature as well as take responsibility for it. And children who value nature are more likely to become adults who act to preserve it.

Read examples of how outdoor learning and play has helped develop environmental awareness.

* Report to Natural England on Childhood and Nature: a survey on changing relationships with nature across generations. March 2009. Read the survey.

** From a survey of teachers whose schools participated in LTL’s RBS Supergrounds programme. Read the RBS Supergrounds evaluation.

Learning through Landscapes

Ground Floor
F Block
Clarendon House
Monarch Way
Winchester SO22 5PW

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