Outdoor Children

Linden is passionate about sharing her love for the historic outdoors with its youngest stakeholders.

When not Hahahopscotching, Linden’s working with children in the historic environment at www.outdoorchildren.co.uk

Having worked for over a decade as a mainstream landscape historian, dealing with conservation issues and writing books, Linden’s experiences visiting parks and gardens with children have given her a passion for engaging the young with their outdoor environment.

It’s time to throw out Keep off the Grass signs and bring back Roly Polys. Children and the outdoors go together like jelly and ice-cream, so let’s celebrate!

Exploring, wondering, clambering, rummaging – there is so much for children to enjoy in our outdoor heritage, be it park, garden, countryside or urban scene. So why do we instead too often rely on a soulless prescription of plastic equipment, well-meant fact sheets and gift shop bribes? We need to stop using Health & Safety, budgets and asset protection as an excuse. Let’s shake our youngest stakeholders by the hand, engage our child visitors in our landscapes, and empower them to … enjoy!

For many centuries, children have been playing in the outdoors – from gardens to forests to street corners. So why do we know so little about these children from history, and why are we still struggling with approaches to children and outdoor heritage today?

No more dragging feet and weary grumbles, let’s have hilarity over ha has, marvelling at monkey puzzles, giggling at gnomes and delight amongst the dahlias. And, of course, silliness on the slides.

Take a look at Linden’s work on children in the historic environment, at www.outdoorchildren.co.uk

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