One in seven children in London has not visited a green space in the last year, a shocking new report claims.
Oh noes! Disaster!
The Sowing The Seeds report, commissioned by the London Sustainable Development Commission, which advises the Mayor on green issues, is calling for local borough councils, planning authorities, schools, the Greater London Authority and other key bodies to reverse the trend.
Errr, how? And more to the point, why?
“This report shows that in recent decades there has been a decline in the number of under-12s accessing natural spaces on a regular basis to play,” said Tim Gill, who wrote the report. He added: “The decline is steeper for children in poorer families and some black and minority ethnic groups.
Well, so what? I mean, it’s not like they don’t have enough opportunity, since London is bursting with parks:
Two thirds of London’s area is made up of green spaces or water, and 10 per cent is designated as Metropolitan Open Land.
So, the only conclusion to draw is that they don’t fancy it much. And why is it the responsibility of the authorities to reverse this?
Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor’s environment director, said: “Our city is getting safer, leafier and cleaner and we want to see more kids out and enjoying the green spaces our city has to offer.”
What are you going to do, send buses round, herd them on at gunpoint and decant them into the middle of Hyde Park? When they’d much rather be doing other things?