Children are happier, healthier and more creative when they are connected to the natural world. This should be an option not just for a few, but for every child in the UK.
A generation of children is growing up disconnected from nature with just one in ten ever playing in wild places, according to a national survey commissioned by The Wildlife Trusts, who have now launched a campaign to make ‘Every Child Wild’.
The poll reveals that 78% of parents are concerned that children don’t spend enough time interacting with nature and wildlife and that 91% of parents of children aged 18 and under think that having access to nature and wildlife is important for children.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust recognises the importance of nature for the wellbeing of young people and Fox Club, our junior section, has been running for over 30 years and now has a membership of over 4,500 children.
Kirstie Francis, Fox Club Manager for Cornwall Wildlife Trust says,
“Here in Cornwall we are surrounded by the most amazing land and seascapes which are home to a variety of wildlife. The Trust has made positive steps towards involving children through Fox Club, with our many outdoor activities and events, and we also encourage family membership of the Trust itself. . But there are obviously still many children out there who do not have any interaction with nature whom we hope to inspire”.
“We will be physically, mentally and spiritually impoverished if our children are deprived of contact with the natural world. Contact with nature should not be the preserve of the privileged. It is critical to the personal development of our children.”Sir David Attenborough, President Emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts