Having been educated at home on a tree nursery in the far north west highlands I feel I benefitted from all the time I spent outdoors playing with my siblings. My childhood is made up of memories of exploring the surrounding woodlands, building dens, lighting fires and foraging for food.
With that I learnt a lot about my environment, the plants and animals in it and an inherent respect for its ecological systems, giving me a layman's understanding of how ecosystems work. Since having my own two children, both under 4, I can see how they flourish in the outdoors and witness first-hand the calming effect of being outside. We spend a lot of time outside and a day doesn't go past without at least 2 hours of loose outdoor play.