Yesterday the National Trust published a new report called 'Natural Childhood' by Stephen Moss. The report is one of the first of its kind in Britain to warn of a new 'cotton wool' generation of children, taking inspiration from Richard Louv's US research into 'nature deficit disorder.'
- Fewer than ten per cent of kids play in wild places; down from 50 per cent a generation ago
- The roaming radius for kids has declined by 90 per cent in one generation (thirty years)
- Three times as many children are taken to hospital each year after falling out of bed, as from falling out of trees
- A 2008 study showed that half of all kids had been stopped from climbing trees, 20 per cent had been banned from playing conkers or games of tag