Early day motion 1333


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Total number of signatures: 12

Bottomley, Peter Brooke, Annette Corbyn, Jeremy Glindon, Mary
Godsiff, Roger Hermon, Lady Hopkins, Kelvin McDonnell, John
Pound, Stephen Shannon, Jim Sheerman, Barry Shepherd, Richard

That this House is deeply concerned that over 50 per cent of children have never visited the countryside and that a child's chance of visiting the countryside has halved in a generation, with children from disadvantaged backgrounds being particularly badly affected; recognises that children who spend time in natural environments obtain better health and educational outcomes, performing better in reading, mathematics, science and social studies; and congratulates the hon. Members who are leading the John Claire Trust's 150 Poems challenge, which will raise vital funding to enable more schools to participate in opening up the woodlands, forests and meadows of our beautiful countryside to many more children.