My husband, daughter and me found an ants nest when we visited Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, as well as an array of Buddleia’s alive with butterflies. Four out of five children now suffer with nature deficit disorder.
Managing my 14 year olds sons connection with nature was much easier when he was younger. Now he likes to be with his friends more than he likes to be with me. We are lucky that we have a forest at the end of our garden which he does frequent. He hasn’t been out of the house for a while because no one likes the cold, only when there’s a blanket of snow. I advised to him to go climb a tree, something he’s awesome at. I’ve yet to meet someone who can climb a tree as well as he can.
I took this photo on my way home from a school I was working in, in New Addington. I was supporting a year six child who had Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (EBD). He spent most of his time with me being angry, he found conforming very challenging. At times he appeared confused with life. My role was challenging to say the least. Driving home through the Kent countryside help me enormously. I found myself absorbing the yellow energy of the rapeseed. I was able to leave the worries of New Addington behind and support my own family with a clear head.