The perils faced by the outdoor industry have recently been briefly mentioned in the media, with countless businesses, charities, organisations, and individuals working tirelessly behind the scenes to get the message heard. The message is that the future of Outdoor Education is at a tipping point; the entire industry stands on top of a cliff, about to abseil over the edge, but the government won’t let it use the rope.
Due to its importance, today we reflect on the current situation that faces both the outdoor sector and those that are missing out on the valuable, safe outdoor experiences. Here are some reflections from our CEO Steve Turner.
‘We are now eight months on from the first national lockdown due to the C-19 pandemic. I look back at those early days in April & May and recall the national spirit and support for our emergency services, the NHS clap for support, the daily 1-hour exercise that we so diligently undertook. There was a sense of us all in this together and certainly from my perspective a hope that by September we might be returning to some sort of normality, how wrong I was.