Making dens, catching tadpoles, growing a sunflower – some of our best childhood memories are from exploring and adventuring in nature. It’s a big part of what makes a childhood.
The UK is now one of the most nature-depleted nations in the world. And this decline in nature is having a very real impact on children’s mental and physical health.
Over 1.6 million children under 12 live in neighbourhoods deprived of green space – that’s the population of Birmingham and Sheffield combined. And many of our natural places, like beaches and forests, are being polluted with plastic and sewage.
We want to bring back the magic of nature for every child and we need your help.
We’re working with community groups to transform built-up areas into havens for nature and play, and are strengthening national plans to restore nature so that it'll forever be a part of childhood.
Together, we can ensure every child has a world to grow up in.
Easy ways to connect children to nature
We know nature's good for children's physical and mental health. Here are some easy ways to connect them to nature.
- Play nature bingo. Keep it simple with lists of differently shaped leaves, birds, bugs and different-coloured flowers.
- Go on a mini beast hunt. Anywhere with old plant pots or logs will have wriggly creatures to find underneath.
- Put up a bird feeder, and learn the names of the birds that visit.
- Keep a nature diary. Visit the same patch of green every month or every season, draw pictures and make notes of what you spot as it changes through the year.
- Get a planet protector pack! 24 pages of activities with seeds and stickers to keep them busy as a bee.
Planting Postcode Gardeners to green our streets
People want healthier and greener streets but they often lack the time or skills to maintain new planting.
That’s where a Postcode Gardener can help, employed to green up streets in one postcode area and bring neighbours together.
See the 3 local areas we've helped make greener. And help us plant more Postcode Gardeners to bring nature back, so that every child has a world to grow up in.
Nature needs protecting
In the UK 3 out of 5 wild species are in decline and 15% are at risk of extinction.
Air pollutants vastly exceed recommended levels right across the country, and the dumping of untreated sewage, pesticides, plastics, pharmaceuticals and industrial waste in our seas and rivers is escalating.
And unless we act fast, the government will scrap some of the laws that protect our environment.