South West Lakes Trust launches ‘Play and Explore’ Campaign

Regional charity South West Lakes Trust have launched the first of five campaign themes which underpin the work of their charity and people.

The ‘Play and Explore’ campaign is summed up in a short video which was filmed over two days at Roadford Lake near Launceston and Burrator Reservoir on Dartmoor. This fantastic video, produced by Lightbox Inc, showcases the importance of reconnecting children and their families with the outdoors through play.

It is becoming ever more difficult to give children access to outdoor learning spaces – be that through formal education or visits with their families. Natural England’s ‘Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment’ 2016 survey revealed that over 1 million children in the UK did not visit, or rarely visited, natural places in the last year. South West Lakes Trust have the opportunity to connect more young people with nature, away from the distractions of modern technology and socialising with friends ‘online’.

Andy Parsons, Chief Executive of South West Lakes Trust, said ‘At South West Lakes Trust we are passionate about enabling friends and families to enjoy spending time outdoors. Through our Play and Explore campaign we aim to provide places for young people and their families to play together and create special memories. We hope you enjoy our new short film clip and that it inspires you to visit one of our sites.’

From dramatic tors, open moorland and historical ancient monuments to wildlife-rich woodlands, lakes and ponds – the lakes really are the ultimate children’s playground! Your little adventurers will love exploring and discovering all of the fun things to do. Climb trees, build dens, go on a mini-beast hunt, track animal footprints or take to the water and experience something new.

South West Lakes Trust takes great pride in the care they provide to over 40 inland waters, from the tip of Cornwall to West Somerset, ranging in size from 1 to 900 acres! Some sites provide unrivalled public access to watersports, angling, walking and cycling. Other more sensitive sites, such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Local Nature Reserves, are managed by the charity’s dedicated Countryside team.

The charity is also keen to provide better play areas which help people to enjoy being outdoors and make those first steps to exploring a little further with their family. Plans are currently underway to create a new play area at Siblyback Lake, in Cornwall which meets visitors’ expectations and provides children with a fun outdoor area to play together.

For more information about the five campaigns click here.

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