The "alarming rate" at which playgrounds in the South West continue to close could have a negative impact on children's mental and physical health, according to researchers.
The Association of Play Industries (API) say more than 40 playgrounds in the South West will close between 2018 and 2021.
The association say their closure will only add to the problem of childhood obesity, and create more mental health issues among young people.
API say in a "screen-obsessed and often time poor society", something needs to be done about the lack of "local, high-quality and safe areas" for children.
Across England, their research found local authorities have closed a total of 347 playgrounds since 2014.
A number of advantages of children being able to play outside and in a social environment have been listed as including
- to develop social skills
- to develop physically
- to develop mentally
- A full copy of their research can be found here.