Families in the forest: guilt trips, bonding moments and potential springboards

Goodenough, Alice ORCID: 0000-0003-0862-2894, Waite, Sue and Bartlett, Jade (2015) Families in the forest: guilt trips, bonding moments and potential springboards. Annals of Leisure Research, 18 (3). pp. 377-396. doi:10.1080/11745398.2015.1059769

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The article is based upon practitioner research supported by the BIG Lottery funded Good from Woods programme that aimed to develop research capacity in the third sector and explore social cohesion and well-being outcomes derived from woodland activities. The location of the research was the Family Places project run by the UK National Trust, which organized family friendly activities in woodland. Using interviews and fieldnotes, our research found that popular discourse around children's disconnection from nature was experienced as a pressure by some parents who sought opportunities to reduce ‘guilt’. An English cultural tendency to romanticize ‘natural childhood’ may underpin parental references to their own outdoor childhoods and explain some parents’ expressed desires to offer nature opportunities for their children through shared experience. The intervention seemed to alleviate pressure to provide positive outdoor experiences, engendering both self-confidence as ‘competent parents’ in guided events and possibly stimulating independent family engagement with nature.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Family; Leisure; Woodland; Well-being; Nature; Parenting
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV191.2 Outdoor Life. Outdoor recreation.
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Ella Rowe
Date Deposited: 11 May 2021 12:30
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2022 17:45
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/9658

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