Getting kids back to nature: what we’ve learned so far

An interesting post from the National Trust in the UK about the Wildlife Trust’s Every Child Wild Campaign – all about getting kids back to nature. You can read more on the Wildlife Trust’s webpage – http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/blog/everychildwild/2015/11/11/tom-seaward-every-child-wild

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This month the Wildlife Trusts launched their Every Child Wild campaign, pledging to ‘make nature a part of growing up’. In this blog, first published on the Wildlife Trusts website, the National Trust’s Tom Seaward writes about what we’ve learned from four years of getting kids back to nature.

Children playing by the lake at West Wycombe Park, Buckinghamshire Children playing by the lake at West Wycombe Park, Buckinghamshire ©National Trust Images/John Millar.

It was the first queue for the woods I’ve seen.

Only 10AM and already the festival was baking under a high sun, fighting with the dust stamped up by hundreds of children and their desperate parents.

All this for the woods?

Well, not quite for the woods. For the chance to climb a high oak in the manner of a tree surgeon.

It was a brief hot spell in the summer of 2014. The place: Camp Bestival, a family music festival along the Dorset coast.

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