Nature for health
People need wildlife
Studies have shown that those who have the least access to nature also have the worst levels of physical health and mental wellbeing.
We want more people to discover that daily contact with wildlife improves their mental health, and we want more people to care about and take action for wildlife as a result. Seeing birds near our homes, walking through green spaces filled with wild flowers, and along rivers that are clean and clear reduces stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression.
Daily contact with nature is also linked to better physical health, including reductions in obesity and improved concentration.
Every child wild
Over the last 40 years, children have become increasingly separated from wildlife. It’s a natural disaster in the making!
Like most parents, we believe that a childhood separated from nature is a diminished experience. 28% of UK children are now overweight or obese and fewer than 10% play in natural areas.
However, a study of nearly 350,000 medical records showed that living within a kilometre of a green space reduces the risk of 15 major illnesses, particularly anxiety and depression, and even more so for children. There is also evidence that children who grow up with nature are more likely to protect it when they are older.