Survey finds Large Inequalities in Children Spending Time Outside During Pandemic
- Natural England’s ‘People and Nature Survey (children)’, released this week, has revealed clear inequalities for children engaging with nature.
- 71% of children from ethnic minority backgrounds reporting spending less time outside since coronavirus compared with 57% of white children
- Almost three-quarters (73%) of children from households with a total annual income below £17,000 spent less time outdoors, compared with 57% from households with an annual income above £17,000
- The survey also reveals six in ten children reported they have spent less time outdoors since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with concern about catching or spreading coronavirus the biggest barrier stopping them going out more
- Eight in ten children said that being in nature made them very happy, while 70% said that they want to spend more time outdoors with friends post-pandemic
- Marian Spain, Chief Executive of Natural England, said ‘children are telling us just how important time in nature is to their happiness and this backs up a strong weight of scientific evidence showing how essential nature is to all of our physical health and our mental wellbeing’