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The Independent Online
I HAVE just retired from a career in local-authority-provided children's leisure. I have watched with horror the reduction in children's access to non-supervised free play ('Kids just want to have fun', Review, 27 February). I remember as a child spending days out on bicycles, making fires, climbing trees, experiencing fear, excitement and independence. Not all families can afford courses, day camps, etc. Adventure videos and video games give only second-hand experiences.

Janet Russell, London SW20