So how did it come about? With increased urbanisation many communities have very little green spaces to use. Public play areas are also becoming ‘watered-down’ areas of play due to Health and Safety compliance. Many parents have safety concerns about their children playing outside or in nature by themselves with the risk of who maybe ‘lurking in the bushes’. Some early learning centres have lost the value of spending time outdoors and kids aren’t getting enough outdoor time in their home hours either.
There are huge benefits from being outside namely physical, mental and spiritual health and well-being. In 2018, researchers from the University of East Anglia, Norwich Medical School, collated over 140 studies covering 290 million people across 20 countries, and revealed that repeated and long term exposure to greenspaces reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, stress, high blood pressure among other health benefits++. And intuitively, who doesn’t feel any immediate positive effects in nature? Being outside in nature actually makes us happier and more energised. Being in nature gives us inspiration and makes us more creative. It relaxes and triggers deep reflections and thinking.