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Explore Surrey’s woods with the humble stick

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Published: 02/08/2016   Last Updated: 02/08/2016  
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The County of Surrey is one of the most wooded in England and Wales – 40% of the Surrey Heath District is covered in trees, which makes it one of the most densely populated areas.1 Experts behind this survey state that the main reason for this is because Surrey has many large gardens and less agriculture, which has meant less wooded areas have been cleared to grow crops.

So when we heard about the National Trust’s new summer campaign 2016 to encourage more children to head out and explore the English countryside by playing with the humble stick we thought there can be no better place to enjoy this new campaign but in leafy Surrey. 

The National Trust theory behind the stick was that it was voted the best toy for fueling children’s imagination, they say a stick can be used for all type of play including a pen, wand, a sword, anything! It also comes from their own survey which showed that 84% of parents believe that playing outdoors makes their children more imaginative and creative, and 96% of them felt that they thought it was necessary for their children to have a connection with nature.

These findings were also backed up by Child Development Psychologist Dr Sam Wass2 who stated: ‘Being outdoors, with space to run around, is something that benefits all children… they have to use their imagination and their own creativity much more they do when they are indoors, watching screen media. [These] are vital life skills that will help children stay attuned to nature and to the environment throughout their adult lives.’

If you would like to find out some of the best woodlands to visit in Surrey then why not visit Surrey County Councils website.

1.Why Surrey really is leafy: County found to have highest concentration of trees in exhaustive survey that shows there are 280million in England and Wales - Link.

2.The humble stick revealed as the must-have toy for summer -  Link.