Should all children be able to access nature no further than 15 minutes from where they live?

Polls

13th March 2024

Young people told us they want more nature when we asked them and their families for our joint poll with the National Trust.

Just over three-quarters (76%) of children surveyed said they would like to spend more time enjoying nature, with 56% saying they prefer being outdoors.

For children living in Greater London, a very urban area with lots of buildings and fewer green spaces, this was even higher. Nearly a third (32%) of those in the region also told us they don’t have real grass to play on at school, compared to just 8% in the East of England.

Back in January 2023, the Government announced plans to try and change this divide, ensuring that everyone lives within 15 minutes’ walk of a green space or water. It was part of a wider commitment to restore nature and clean up England’s air and water.

Unfortunately, Government data from December 2023 showed that no or very little progress has been made, with 38% of the country living more than a 15-minute walk from a green space or water.

Should all children be able to access nature no further than 15 minutes from where they live?

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trixielove · 1 month ago

They need to have fun in the woods to show them it’s not a scary place

pro190 · 2 weeks ago

it is important because they could some day save it from danger and help it.