Nature ‘more important than ever during lockdown’

Reporting for the BBC, Helen Briggs writes:

“About one in 10 households across Great Britain has no access to a private or shared garden. This rises to one in five households in London.”

Data has confirmed what many suspected: nature and green spaces have been a big comfort during lockdown.

More than 40% of people say nature, wildlife and visiting local green spaces have been even more important to their wellbeing since the coronavirus restrictions began.

The percentages have remained stable throughout the pandemic, according to the government’s advisor for the natural environment, Natural England.

And the trend could persist.

Numerous surveys from bodies such as Natural England have shown that people felt time in nature supported their mental and physical well-being during lockdowns …”

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