A feature in Horticulture Week recently has found that around 12% of children in England have not visited a park, forest, garden or any other natural environment for at least 12 months, according to a new Government study. This alarming statistic shows that children are becoming disengaged from nature.

The Monitor of Engagement With the Natural Environment Pilot study found:

  • Many children frequently visited the natural environment, but a sizeable minority never or rarely visited.
  • On average: – Around nine million children in England visited the natural environment in the preceding 12 months (88 per cent of all children in England).
  • Some 70 per cent of children (seven million children) visited the natural environment frequently (at least once a week).
  • Some 12 per cent of children (1.3 million) never visited the natural environment in the previous 12 month period.
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