Leisure time: is Nature Losing out?

The Guardian reports today that fewer people are visiting national parks and engaging in outdoor activities such as camping , fishing etc.

The US study has uncovered an “ongoing and fundamental shift away from nature-based recreation”, a development which they feel has ramifications for the natural world, after all, we need to understand and appreciate the natural world around us in order to conserve it. Athough the study covered only the US, Spain and Japan the authors  suspect this dramatic change in our habits may well be partly attributed to (and here’s a new word) “videophilia” or the preference for indoor media activities. People are taking around 25% fewer trips to the great outdoors than they were in the 1980s.

The amusement park industry has long been in a battle of hearts and minds to lure guests/consumers from their computer screens and games
, enticing them with any number of dazzling new rides and attractions. Seems like Mother Nature has a fight on her hands and though she has an impressive armoury of natural wonders at her disposal she does not have 4 D Cinema…

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About Charles Read

I was born in Oldham, Lancs, back in the late 60s – my mum reckons ‘Penny Lane’ was playing on the radio as I was delivered but it could have been the pethadine. My passions, outside the amusement industry, are my family, wildlife, diving and cricket, God’s own sport. I am also a rarity in that I am a Manchester United fan from Manchester.

Been going to Alton Towers for over 25 years, we had trips there from primary school. I still remember how exciting it was when they had their first ride, a cresta run/slide which burnt your legs and ripped your shorts. Love this industry with its passion and drive, its sheer creativity and invention. Endlessly fascinating too. Did you know that Thomas Bridges from Alcorn McBride once played trumpet with Hoagy Carmichael (of ‘Georgia’ fame)?

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