This ten minute film features a seven year old girl, Annie, who is freely playing in the grounds of her school. She is wearing a Gopro camera mounted on a chest harness as part of research exploring children's play in natural environments. The play is her own, completely unadulterated and freely chosen. The researcher didn't view the film until at home many days later, and no adult prompted her to play.
The sequence shows Annie recounting a story, or narrative, probably one she has played before, and shows her attempts to care for and repair a tree. As a researcher interested in children's play in nature, and a playworker who has spent many years working for the Eden project designing nature-based projects and activities for families, this film shows an authentic example of nature-connectedness; of how, despite what might be assumed a global problem, some children still do, under their own initiative, enjoy being out in nature and taking great care of our planet. In a technologically rich world, moments to be in nature are even more important, not just to protect the natural environment, but to protect ourselves. We are a part of nature, yet spend so much time being 'apart' from it.
This film is best watched while wearing headphones, as some of Annie's dialogue is very quiet, which accentuates the nature of her play. However, helicopters occasionally swoop overhead and drown out all sound. I hope you enjoy this moment in Annie's little world, your thoughts, reflections and comments are, of course, most welcome. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org