There is increasing evidence that contact with nature provides a wide variety of benefits for children. Being in nature provides many benefits by encouraging kids to be more active, nurturing their creativity, teaching responsibility, and reducing stress and fatigue. The wide range of learning opportunities give the children a chance to develop an interest in and understanding of nature. At the same time, there is an increasing global concern that children are getting fewer and fewer opportunities to interact with nature as increasing development destroys natural landscapes and access to the few green spaces is limited by economic and social barriers.
Wilder Portsmouth, an initiative run in partnership between the Trust and Southern Co-op, have teamed up with the City Council’s Adventure Playgrounds and Youth Centres to connect more of the city’s children to the nature on their doorsteps.