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Where it all Started - Summary Report - A Question of Balance

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Right Honorable Tony Blair, commenting on the campaign launch as UK Prime Minister: 'Everything we do in our everyday activity, in our work and leisure involves some element of risk. Risk is an inescapable part of our lives. The challenge for all of us, both within and outside Government is to manage risk in a way which gives us the necessary protection we need without constraining what we do beyond a level that is justified. I very much welcome your conference today as a vital contribution to this debate. I hope that you will enjoy what I am sure will be a very stimulating and productive'.

National Trust Warning PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 March 2012

Children are being denied the ‘sheer joy’ of being outdoors due to health and safety fears, the head of the National Trust warned today.  Dame Fiona Reynolds also said that cosseted upbringings are also damaging youngsters’ fitness and weakening their immune system.

Figures show that children are now three times more likely to injure themselves by falling out of bed than from a tree and that unsupervised roaming has shrunk by 90 per cent since the 1970s. Dame Fiona said applying the health and safety culture of the city to the countryside was wrong.  ‘The world has become a very different place, and people have become very anxious about the risks – real or perceived,’ she told The Times.

There have been a spate of warnings in recent years about young people’s lack of exposure to nature.  A 2009 report for Natural England showed that only 10 per cent of children now experience woodland play, as opposed to 40 per cent of their parents' generation. The National Trust, which represents 4million members and maintains millions of acres of countryside, is marking the centenary of the death of Octavia Hill, one of its founders, who fought to preserve public open spaces in London and elsewhere.  They are launching a campaign to give children a greater chance to play outdoors.

 

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