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Make 2017 your year to Get Outside!

I recently read an article titled 'Nature isn't something that you "Go To"', where the author argued that phrases such as 'getting back to nature' and 'exploring nature' underline how disconnected we have become as a society from our surroundings. Suddenly nature is something we have to go and look for, rather than something we see ourselves as being a part of. Of course, when stuck in a building all day, yearning to be outside is entirely understandable, you only need to visit a primary school at playtime to see the joy that the outside brings. Like many animals, humans have evolved to be both constantly using their bodies, and interacting with their environment, and parallels could be drawn with pets kept in cages - they may have everything they need, but it's still not the same experience as foraging for your own food, knowing the pull of a current or even feeling the anticipation of the unknown.

 

We are delighted to have been chosen as one of Ordnance Survey's #GetOuside Champions for 2017, and our role is simple - whether it's picking dandelions on the way home from school, making a den in the woods, or taking the kids to check out that church you can see on top of the hill, we want to get you outside!

Getting outside isn't just about visiting our wild spaces. Feeling the sun on our face, stepping in puddles on the road and opening our eyes to the history and heritage that surrounds us, all adds to our sense of identity, and therefore our well-being - after all, the ground, stars and the air we breathe, as well as our collective story will still be here, long after we are gone.

If you have ever released an animal from a cage you may have noticed that they are often reluctant to leave. Perhaps they feel a lack of confidence, instinctively recognising that they may not have the skills to thrive in a wider environment, but, by having the opportunity to move in and out of those habitats, their confidence grows and their abilities develop, just in the same way as the more time we spend outdoors the more comfortable we become with it.

 

We are delighted to have been chosen as one of Ordnance Survey's #GetOuside Champions for 2017, and our role is simple - whether it's picking dandelions on the way home from school, making a den in the woods, or taking the kids to check out that church you can see on top of the hill, we want to get you outside!

I believe spending time outside is fundamental to our health and well-being, whatever your interests and location. There is so much to see and experience as soon as you step out of that door - our cities are filled with wonderful history, culture and fabulous people, while our rural areas contain much of our industrial and agricultural heritage as well as our precious wild spaces. Wherever you live, it is simply a matter of stepping out of that building and starting your adventure - you will be amazed by what lies there waiting for you.

 

We are delighted to have been chosen as one of Ordnance Survey's #GetOuside Champions for 2017, and our role is simple - whether it's picking dandelions on the way home from school, making a den in the woods, or taking the kids to check out that church you can see on top of the hill, we want to get you outside!

We are delighted to have been chosen as one of Ordnance Survey's #GetOutside Champions for 2017, and our role is simple - whether it's picking dandelions on the way home from school, making a den in the woods, or taking the kids to check out that church you can see on top of the hill, we want to get you outside!

 

We are delighted to have been chosen as one of Ordnance Survey's #GetOuside Champions for 2017, and our role is simple - whether it's picking dandelions on the way home from school, making a den in the woods, or taking the kids to check out that church you can see on top of the hill, we want to get you outside!

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16 Comments

  • Reply Annette, Four Acorns

    Fantastic blog post Sarah, I agree with every word you wrote! You actually spelled out our family’s philosophy. I read this week an extraordinary essay by Carol Black, called A Thousand Rivers, and your analogy with caged animals reminded me of her ideas. x
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    January 20, 2017 at 11:51 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Annette, I’ll check out Carol Black’s essay. Spending so much time indoors is such a new phenomenon – I think we’re only just starting to see the negative effects it has on people x

      January 31, 2017 at 2:56 pm
  • Reply Chelsea Louise Haden

    A big congratulations about your accomplishment, you must be thrilled! I entirely agree with what you’ve written. The Great Outdoors conjures up for indoor loving folk, scary, adrenaline fueled sports (which I love)! but it doesn’t have to be that. Like you say there’s so much history and culture attached to the outdoors whether it be in a city or countryside. When I used to live in the city, I was forever visiting parks, they were my piece of heaven. One thing we can’t deny, is the amount of scientific proof available to show we need the outdoors to thrive!

    January 20, 2017 at 8:43 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Chelsea, I really do believe there’s something out there for everyone, it’s just encouraging people out there to find it 🙂

      January 31, 2017 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    I think that if we live in cities and built up areas we tend to forget that there’s a great big wonderful outdoor world out there to explore. It’s a bit easier in the country since we’re immersed in it as soon as we leave our front doors. I could never live in a city, lol!
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    January 20, 2017 at 8:19 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I used to live in London, and city living is definitely a very different experience but they are great places to get out on foot and explore – so much to see 🙂

      January 31, 2017 at 2:52 pm
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