Natural Childhood Inquiry
The National Trust has published the Findings of the Natural Childhood Inquiry as part of its Outdoor nation campaign.
The inquiry follows Steven Moss' Natural childhood report which documented children's declining connection with the outdoors and nature.
'The inquiry found that children's love of nature is best started in the home. Inquiry respondents said parents need more accessible child and family-friendly green and natural spaces and that opportunities for children to access and enjoy nature need to be promoted in a more joined-up fashion, and in ways that appeal more to families and children.'
To accompany the inquiry findings the National Trust has published research that shows that stranger danger (37%), lack of safe nearby outdoor places to play (25%) and too much traffic (21%) were the top barriers amongst parents of children aged 12 or under.
45% of parents cited 'more local safe places to play' as the main factor which would encourage them to let their children go outdoors and explore in their community.