The National Trust has clearly hit a note across the nation with its freshly launched 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾ campaign, which is designed to encourage children to get outdoors and participate in classic adventures from rolling down hills to flying kits to damning streams!
The story was sent to news outlets last week but embargoed until just after midnight on Friday, April 13. We rose early on Friday morning to write the piece and was surprised to see the amount of coverage the story had before 6am.
The popularity is with both the list and also the fact that the National Trust commissioned a report which showed that fewer than one in ten children regularly play in wild places compared to half a generation ago. In this day and age, a third have never climbed a tree, one in ten can’t ride a bike, and three times as many are taken to hospital after falling out of bed, as from falling out of a tree.
It was that last statement which got us. We’re all aware that children spend way too many hours in front of various kinds of devices with screens, or have over-protective parents who won’t let them explore. The bed vs tree statistic brings it all home.
The good news is that on April 21 and 22 the National Trust will open its doors for free. And you’re invited to visit and be actibe. In the North East of England the properties you can visit include include Wallington and Cragside in Northumberland and Gibside near Rowlands Gill. Have a great time if you do go. Live dangerously, and do a bit of tree climbing, too!
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