National Trust Places

Last week Natural England published some eye-opening statistics. Their report, the product of two years’ worth of research, looked at how often children visit natural places, where they visit and with whom.

© National Trust Images/ John Millar

© National Trust Images/ John Millar

Natural England’s major finding, reported in the Guardian, is that over 1 in 9 (12%) of children haven’t visited a natural place in the last year.

White, wealthier children were more likely to visit natural places like parks, nature reserves and the coast than ethnic minority children or those growing up in poorer families.

But the report contained plenty to celebrate.

  • It was estimated that around 7 million children visited natural places at least once a week.
  • Almost 1 in 10 claimed to have visited a natural place with their school – although the real figure may be even higher.
  • In the average month, half of children visit their local…

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