Why our children need to get outside and engage with nature

A child plays in woods in Yorkshire.

Cows hibernate in winter, grey squirrels are native to this country, conkers come from oak (or maybe beech, or is it fir?) trees, and of course there’s no such thing as a leaf that can soothe a nettle sting. Or so, according to a new survey, believe between a quarter and a half of all British children. You can’t really blame them: if, like 64% of kids today, you played outside less than once a week, or were one of the 28% who haven’t been on a country walk in the last year, the 21% who’ve never been to a farm and the 20% who have never once climbed a tree, you wouldn’t know much about nature either.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/aug/16/childre-nature-outside-play-health

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