Why have Britons lost touch with the natural world?

Guardian: Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the National Trust, observed as early as 1895 that "the need of quiet, the need of air, the need of exercise, the sight of sky and of things growing seem human needs, are common to all men". A growing body of research is now backing her intuition up with science, but 115 years later we still, as a nation, don't seem to value enough the physical and spiritual refreshment we get from our surroundings. Indeed, if the media does, as they say, produce the first......

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