Is it fair? Child poverty and fair access green space

A report released today by the National Children’s Bureau reveals an ugly truth. The number of children in the UK living in poverty is on the rise. In 1971, 2 million children were deemed to be living ‘in poverty’. Today it’s 3 million. The report, ‘Greater Expectations’, isn’t just focussed on material poverty – not…

Get outside for Playday 2013!

Today, 7th August, is Playday – a nationwide celebration of the importance of play in children’s lives. Founded in London 26 years ago, Playday has grown into a major annual fixture, with play events all over the country. Co-ordinated by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and Playboard Northern Ireland, Playday is more than just…

Pack your bags for a ‘Great Expotition’

When did you last compose a thoughtful hum? It’s something you’ll find yourself doing if you head to Mottisfont this summer! All this summer, the team at Mottisfont are inviting visitors to collect up their tails, gather their honey-pots and head off on a ‘Great Expotition’! Their Winnie-the-Pooh themed adventure trail is full of exciting…

National Children’s Day 2013: let children’s imagination run wild

Today, 15th May, is National Children’s Day UK. The day celebrates childhood and right of all children to be able to develop – naturally and happily – to their full potential. In a piece on the Trust’s Outdoor Nation blog earlier this week, Hattie Garlick, director of the Save Childhood Movement, wrote of the importance…

Why did the brown moo cows cross the road?

In this blogpost the National Trust’s Head Ranger for the East Devon Coast and Countryside, Pete Blyth, talks about the “brown moo cows” that inspired him to help others forge a lifetime connection with special places. Why would a grown man be moved to tears by a herd of cows?  Because they are special cows,…