National Trust report warns of ‘nature deficit disorder’
Children’s health and education are suffering because they don't have enough contact with nature, the National Trust has warned in a new report.
In Natural Childhood, published to launch a two-month inquiry into what it describes as a growing epidemic of ‘nature deficit disorder’, the Trust says that children are being brought up in a ‘cotton wool culture’ that prevents them learning by experience.
Three times more children are treated in A&E after falling out of bed than after falling out of trees. Less than 10 per cent of children play in wild spaces, down from 50 per cent 30 years ago.
The National Trust says children need to get outdoors more and closer to nature. ‘It keeps children fit, they can learn about the world around them and, most of all, it’s fun,’ Fiona Reynolds, National Trust Director-General, said.