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Three-quarters of children want more time in nature, says National Trust

Charity publishes survey findings as it calls for youngsters to be no more than a 15-minute walk from green spaces.

More than three-quarters of children want to spend more time in nature, the National Trust has found, as the conservation charity pushes ministers to ensure youngsters are no more than a 15-minute walk from green spaces.

Nearly two-thirds 63% of parents can take their children to nature spaces only once a week or less, citing accessibility as the main barrier, the survey of 1,000 children aged 7 - 14 and 1,000 parents by the children's newspaper First News found.

The trust is calling for the government to live up to its previous promise for every person to be 15 minutes away from nature - a target backed by 80% of parents in the survey - by enshrining the access in law.

As part of a series of commitments to level up access to nature, Rishi Sunak said in January 2023 that everyone would live no more than 15 minutes from green space.

However, in December of that year, the Guardian uncovered documents that suggested the government had no intention of meeting the target.


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