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National Trust say grandparents can help children be more adventurous

August 2017

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There has been a lot in the news recently about the National Trust and its involvement in political agendas including gay pride.

The problem really is that while it is classed as a charity, really it is a not for profit business. This makes the fact that it pays out millions every year in high salaries much more acceptable to our age, who tend to think of charities as organisations where we give our money to be used almost entirely for good causes.

But that said, the National Trust does look after lots of our lovely old buildings and that work is vital to keep our countryside looking as it does.

The National Trust has now completed a survey that shows grandparents were much more adventurous during their youth than today when it seems at least half of youngsters have never even climbed a tree.

61% of grandparents today help with childcare during school holidays and the National Trust say they are the perfect motivators for getting kids to spend more time enjoying nature and exploring the magic of the countryside.

The research polled 1,000 grandparents and parents for the charity as part of its ‘50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾’ initiative –  which aims to encourage families to get outdoors and enjoy spending time together.

Results from the survey included:

  • Children today spend 57% less time exploring outdoors than their grandparents did – on average just 1 hour 20 mins a day, vs. 3 and a half hours a day (grandparents)

  • 87% of parents and grandparents said they enjoy seeing their offspring running wild and carefree, with 80% taking pleasure from seeing them playing outdoors away from technology devices

  • 95% of parents and grandparents agree that it is important for children to connect with nature so that they can build a relationship with the great outdoors and help future generations care for and protect it

Supporting the National Trust’s findings, Behavioural Psychologist Donna Dawson (BA, MSc, PhD) said:
“Grandparents today are spending more and more time with their grandchildren in the roles of childminder and carer, and consequently getting to share real ‘quality time’ with them.

“And the research shows that one of the things they are sharing is a love of nature and the great outdoors, something that harks back to their own happy childhood memories.

“Learning to appreciate Nature at a young, impressionable age makes it much more likely that children will grow up to pass on their love of outdoor experiences to future generations. As a grandmother of seven, I have seen the effects on my grandchildren myself: they are never happier then when running free in the fresh air and sunshine, exploring and asking questions about the natural world around them.”

The National Trust is looking to inspire the next generation of children to plant their roots and kick-start a lifelong love affair with the outdoors through its ‘50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾’ initiative.
For more information head to the National Trust’s ‘50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾’ campaign'.


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