Brits Find 'More Joy' In Autumn Colours Than Christmas, Study Finds
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If you find yourself drawn to a lovely autumnal palette, it turns out you’re not alone, as new research suggests British people are increasingly finding joy in the in the colours of autumn.
Commissioned by conservation charity The National Trust and carried out by YouGov, the survey found that roughly one third of respondents said the canvas of gold, reds, russets and oranges was their favourite thing about the season - more so than Bonfire Night, or even Christmas.
In fact, The National Trust has said the population of Britain are becoming ‘leaf peepers’, which is apparently a more common pastime in the US and Canada, with the pandemic playing a major role in people taking greater notice of their surroundings.
According to the research, nearly three-quarters of people said they take note of how the trees change throughout the year with over a quarter revealing they now notice trees more than they did at the outset of the pandemic.
Celia Richardson, the director of communications and audience at The National Trust, said: “People are still saying they are closer to nature than they were before the pandemic began and we hope it’s here to stay. Connecting with nature is good for our health and wellbeing and makes people more likely to act to protect the natural world.”
Pamela Smith, the trust’s national gardens and parks specialist, said she had her fingers crossed hoping for a good year for leaf spotters, especially in the north.
“With above average sunshine levels for parts of northern England, most of Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland over the summer, we could see a fantastic autumn, particularly in these areas,” she said.
“Autumn colour is not only determined by what the actual weather is doing now. The weather patterns throughout the year are also key – particularly levels of sunshine, but also levels of rainfall.
“Over the next two weeks we do need some more sunny days, more rain and colder temperatures - but staying above freezing - with no storms, to help boost what could be a really good year for autumn colour.”
And for any berry fans, Smith added that it was likely to be a good season for those too. “In the wild, the sorbus trees - commonly known as mountain ash or rowan are full of berries this year,” she said.
“This year is also a good year for our hawthorns. Their fruits, known as haws, highlight our hedgerows with their small, rose hip like fruits. Worth the search are the blackthorn fruits – sloes. These dark purple sharp fruits are a staple for foragers to make sloe gin.”
But of course, it’s important to remember not to pick and eat anything unless you are 100% sure exactly what it is - there’s no danger in enjoying some beautiful autumnal colours though.
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