When you become a parent your children become the most precious thing you have, and it's natural to want to protect them. But is it possible to be too protective? Is there a link between 'cotton wool kids' and the shortage of practical skills demonstrated by those who want to do apprenticeships or study science and engineering at university? I think there could be.
Making nature part of children's everyday experience is a simple and effective way of plugging them into the world around them. Children are naturally inquisitive and love to explore; it's about getting them hooked and excited about the simple things. It could be about watching ants marching to their nests, snails clinging to a wall or birds singing in a tree.
It's a rare quality for one single place to have such a standing in a nations collective memory that it comes to symbolise the character and spirit of a country. The White Cliffs of Dover have served that function for countless generations and really do encapsulate that often over used word 'iconic'.
A large section of the White Cliffs of Dover has crumbled into the English Channel following a "substantial" rockfall, the Coastguard has said. Ton...