UK's National Trust may give employees siesta hours due to climate change

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Climate change could affect UK tourist visits to the country during summer, as hotter conditions discourage visitors, National Trust data suggest.

Staff and volunteers across the South of England will be receiving more long lunch breaks and earlier start and late end of the day.

Workers at historical sites in the Southeast can take long breaks during hot weather and turn back to work later in the afternoon as weather cools down.

A spokesman for the charity said: 'It's fair to say that as we experience more extreme temperatures, we will be looking to offer Mediterranean working hours, especially in the east which is likely to experience more frequent higher temperatures to ensure the health and safety of our staff and volunteers.' health and safety.'

Lizzy Carlyle, National Trust 'What this data shows us is that we have a lot to do to prepare the UK tourist industry for the effects of climate change.

An increasing number of stately homes and other indoor venues may have to close for now because of excessive heat or storms caused by the cold, they say, adding that investments may be needed to make venues more resistant to extreme weather.

The National Trust plans to respond to climate change by offering more shade for outdoor seating and planting 20 million trees by 2030 to absorb atmospheric carbon.