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Connecting everyone with nature, this winter and beyond

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Sadly not everyone has the chance to connect with nature due to their age, ability or location. We want to change that through our Winter Appeal - please support us - every penny will help.

I think in this day and age it is so easy to become totally divorced from the natural world, this connection is one of the greatest treasures you can have. And if you lose it, you’ve lost a really important part of your life

Sir David Attenborough, TCV Vice President

In the UK, access to green spaces is not an option for everyone, children are growing up more and more disconnected from nature, with 1.3 million children* in the UK not even visiting the natural environment once a year.

Sir David Attenborough with a group of TCV staff and volunteers

We agree with Sir David, but sadly having no access to a safe green space within a local community is becoming all too common. This means that, for many people and especially children, they may never have the chance to make this first important connection with the natural world.

Young girl smelling a flower in the gardenPlease support our winter appeal

Our current winter appeal aims to raise £25,000 so that we can make green spaces accessible to all regardless of their age, ability or location in the UK.

We want everyone to enjoy the magic that the natural world brings to people’s lives.

The natural world has so much to offer: it’s a natural playground (and a vital classroom) for our youngsters. It’s a healthy outdoor gym that’s open 24/7 for everyone to enjoy. It’s a quiet sanctuary for peaceful reflection. In other words, creating and restoring green spaces isn't just about caring for nature it's about caring for people as well.

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...it’s only too easy to lose your greatest treasure it in this day and age, and in this sort of environment. TCV enables people to get back into connection with themselves and their environment.

Sir David Attenborough

How we spend donations

TCV provides a welcoming and gentle approach to encourage children to go outside, to look at nature and experience the textures, sounds, tastes and smells found in our environment.

With increasing evidence* that outdoor play offers a whole range of benefits for children in terms of health and wellbeing, TCV offers parents and schools a great chance to allow their children to experience the fun and excitement of the natural world.

It's a great place to bring your children to become more aware of natural surroundings and more likely to want to look after them.

So, if you can, please make a donation and help us to re-connect more people with the natural world and vitally give more children the opportunity to explore, discover and create some magical first memories of outdoor adventures – together we know we can achieve this.

*HUNT, A., STEWART, D., BURT, J. & DILLON, J. 2016. Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment: a pilot to develop an indicator of visits to the natural environment by children - Results from years 1 and 2 (March 2013 to February 2015). Natural England Commissioned Reports, Number208.

Thanks

Thank you very much for thinking about making a donation to support our work connecting people to nature. Every penny really does help!