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    Stuck for things to do outdoors with the children this half term?  Here are a few ideas. Courtesy of the Guardian: Epping Forest Field Centre, near Loughton in Essex, which will be running family activity events from pond-dipping to stargazing (18–20 February, activities about £6pp, booking required,  020-8502 8500, field-studies-council.org/centres/eppingforest.aspx). Down in Surrey, Painshill Park near Cobham is running Wild Woodland Camps Monday to Friday for eight- to 13-year-olds. There will be a different theme for each day, from wild winter art to bushcraft, and children will be able to try their hand at bivouac-building, archery, animal tracking and orienteering (18–22 February, £35 a...

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     You may have noticed there is a big move afoot to encourage parents to get children to play outdoors more.  Numerous organisations have been formed, surveys carried out and businesses set up all to get children away from their computers or games consoles and out in the fresh air. The National Trust carried out a major study:   http://outdoornation.org.uk/ with some worrying findings: ·         In a survey of young people it was revealed that only 10% have regular contact with natural environments, compared to the 40% of adults who did so when they were young. ·         This lack of contact with...

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