I'm lucky enough to live with some of England's loveliest countryside on my doorstep and my children get out in it every week. But not every child is so fortunate. The distance children roam away from home has shrunk by 90% in 30 years, and according to Natural England, less than 10% of children get to play in wild places, compared with 40% a generation ago.
So what will happen if we raise a generation of children completely out of touch with nature? That's the question asked by Project Wild Thing - a movement, and now an excellent feature length documentary project currently up on Kickstarter in which filmmaker David Bond seeks to explore the relationship that children today have with nature. It's supported by a range of worthy organisations including the National Trust, the RSPB, and the good folk at Good For Nothing. I think it's a really worthwhile project and so I've pledged my support, but it will only be funded if at least £30,000 is pledged by Thursday Dec 6 and at time of writing they were 70% of the way there. You can check out the trailer for the project below, and pledge your support here.