Under-16s now spend twice as much leisure time in the home as they do in green spaces, it was claimed.And does this strike a chord with some?
Researchers said the “indoor generation” was becoming increasingly ignorant of nature as parents allow them to waste hours in front of the television, video games and the internet.
Dr William Bird, GP and advisor to Natural England, said: “If you want to deal with obesity and physical activity, it has got to include the natural environment.”Ah. Well, you would say that, wouldn’t you?
He added: “The outdoors for children creates resilience so they can cope with more stresses; they can actually increase their concentration, they can improve their work.”