Sir David Attenborough has warned that the loss of green areas in schools is cutting off city children from their only exposure to nature.
In his opinion, too many schools are responding to pressure for places by building new classrooms on playing fields and areas set aside for nature study.
Pupils in cities across the country therefore have less chance of becoming accustomed to the various plants and wildlife of the natural world.
Speaking to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Sir David Attenborough called for action to stop schools building on their green areas.
“They are now saying the only places they can find to build classrooms is on the one plot of green landscape on which children learn about daisies and buttercups and newts and frogs and tadpoles,” he said.
“I don’t know what the answer is, except for those of us who think it is important to fight our corner and to say to the authorities this is essential, that children should be able to have a view of the natural world – albeit a very impoverished one, but nonetheless a glimpse of what plants do and what fish do and what tadpoles do.”
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