London is known as a green city - approximately two-thirds of its area is defined as green space and many sites are rich in wildlife. Much work is underway to protect and develop this, most notably through the Mayor's Great Outdoors Strategy, the London Plan which seeks to address deficiencies in line with the Mayor's Biodiversity Strategy, and through partnerships such as the Green Grid, that seek to increase green space provision, and quality, at a local level. Through these, the provision of the resource has been the primary focus. More recently, for example through the Health Inequalities Strategy, the focus has shifted to the benefits of increasing the level and type of use.
The purposes of the research, commissioned from writer and researcher Tim Gill, were to summarise the benefits experienced by society from increasing the opportunity for children under the age of 12 to experience nature; identify the most successful interventions to encourage regular access to nature amongst children under the age of 12, and make policy recommendations to facilitate this in the mainstream.
The Report was launched at City Hall on 17 November 2011. The Recommendations in the Report are being taken forward by a Steering Group made up of representatives from relevant sectors. If you would like to know more about the Steering Group please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sowing the Seeds - Summary [PDF 1.18MB] / Children and Nature - Literature Review [PDF 1.22MB]