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Is the UK really that much behind Europe when it comes to outdoor/nature play?

There has been a lot of mention of how badly Britain fares in comparison to other European countries in relation to children playing outside, or having quality play time in nature. As someone who grew up in one of the … Continue reading

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The Children’s Garden under threat?

The Children’s Garden is a little gem in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens. It’s tucked away up on a hill, next to a play park, and it’s an oasis for families. For 10 year, volunteers have developed the former derelict land into … Continue reading

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Pirates Ahoi!

Last year in the storm that caused so much damage across Scotland, a tree fell right into the pride of Finlaystone Country Estate’s adventure play area and destroyed the pirate ship. Today the restored pirate ship, aptly named Finlay Phoenix, … Continue reading

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Into the Woods in Toryglen

Toryglen in the southeast of Glasgow is home to both a suburban social housing and private housing estate and a community woodland which is surprisingly rural. The community based organisation Urban Roots has been working here for a while on … Continue reading

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Top 10 Christmas Treats for the Nature Kid

So your child is a Nature Kid and you’re looking for the ideal Christmas present? Look no further, here are some ideas that don’t cost the world. 1. A kite. Make it yourself (it’s easy!) or get a kite making … Continue reading

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Product Review: All in one skisuit

Now that the days are getting shorter and the wind that bit colder, it’s time to get the winter clothes out again. I always find myself slightly surprised that in spite of having rather a lot of outdoor gear, there’s … Continue reading

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Nurturing Outdoor Play with Grounds for Learning

In the past year, there have been a few exciting new initiatives which nurture children’s connection with nature and outdoor play. It’s about time that I featured these in a little series here on Nature Kids Glasgow, as examples of … Continue reading

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Dean Castle Country Park

A cold November Sunday, and finally we managed to pay Dean Castle Country Park a visit, which had been on my would like to see list of places for about a year. Dean Castle Country Park is situated reasonably centrally … Continue reading

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In case you were wondering…

Yes, we are having a bit of a quiet time at the moment. This is not for want of ideas and things to blog about but about lack of time to do so. In the meantime, please like our facebook … Continue reading

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Guestpost: The South Downs National Park – our Highlights

I’m Jennifer, Mum to Harry (3) and Mia (1). We live in West Sussex, England and I blog about parenting, arts and crafts and days out with the family at Jennifer’s Little World ( We are lucky enough to live … Continue reading

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