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Inner-city schools to get national park trips

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The Family Holiday Association has welcomed the Government’s recognition that too many children live in families that rarely get to experience the benefits of trips away from their immediate environment.

Honister PassAs part of the Government’s 25-year plan to protect the environment unveiled yesterday, Teresea May announced plans for thousands of extra inner city children to visit the country’s national parks on school trips.

Mrs May said: “More than one in 10 young people do not spend time in the countryside or in large urban green spaces, meaning they are denied the benefits which spending time outdoors in the natural environment brings.

“These young people are disproportionately from more deprived backgrounds and their effective exclusion from our countryside represents a social injustice I am determined to tackle.”

Here at the Family Holiday Association we know first hand the benefit days out and short breaks can make to the lives of families, particularly those struggling with life at home. It gives them respite from their daily hardship, delivers new experiences and the chance to create precious memories that they can draw on when times are tough.