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More time in nature desirable for all, according to survey

  • April 22, 2024
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More time in nature desirable for all, according to survey

Children want to spend more time in nature and parents are now calling on the government to achieve its goal of giving access to green spaces within a 15-minute walk, a new survey from First News and the National Trust has found. Just over three quarters (76%) of children surveyed say they want to spend more time in nature, but nearly two-thirds (63%) of parents only take them once a week or less with accessibility cited as the main barrier.

The survey results come as the National Trust renews its call to make it law to be 15 mins away from nature – a plea backed by 80% of parents. First News and the National Trust are now calling on government to enshrine in law their ambition to ensure everyone has access to green or blue space within a 15 minute walk.

They are also launching a nature photography competition “Nature Around Me” to encourage young people to notice and engage with everyday nature around them – no matter where they live.

The survey was commissioned by First News and the National Trust to show the disparity in access to green space as well as the public demand for access. It shows that nearly a third (31%) of parents surveyed from lower income households cite the main barrier to accessing nature as cost. It also reveals that more than half (56%) of children want better access to nature and green space.

Research has shown that access to green space benefits children in a variety of ways including better lung health, stronger bone density, as well as mental and physical wellbeing. However, government data shows that 38% of the country live more than a 15-minute walk from a green or blue space.

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