Northern Ireland’s peepers to enjoy a colorful autumn
A YouGov poll found that in Northern Ireland 22% of adults polled chose to consider the color of fall as their favorite aspect of fall, followed by longer evenings and spending time in nature – run, walk or cycle.
Celia Richardson, director of communications and the public at the conservation charity, said: “These results show that people really love and appreciate the trees and natural sites in fall – especially appreciating the way our trees change from the brilliant green of summer to the vibrant reds, oranges, yellows and rims of the fall color palette.
“We can see people always say they are closer to nature than they were before the pandemic started and we hope she is here to stay. Connecting with nature is good for our health and well-being and makes people more likely to take action to protect the natural world.
“So we launched our fall challenge – asking people to get out there and get active this fall – to raise money to plant more trees, with the goal of not only helping the health of the nation, but also the health of our planet. “
The Trust’s Virtual Fall Challenge – Move for the Trees – invites people to get active and run 50 km (31 miles) throughout the month of October. Every £ 5 raised will plant and establish a new sapling that could remove 1 tonne of CO2 from the air over its lifetime, to help people and nature thrive for generations to come.
Despite some signs of color in early fall and leaf drop in early September – with much of the country experiencing an Indian summer, this could be a great year for fall color, National Trust experts say .
Pamela Smith, gardens and national parks specialist at the conservation charity, said: “The color of fall is not only determined by the current weather, the weather conditions throughout the day. year are also critical – especially sunshine levels, but also precipitation levels. , the absence of which can cause stress to trees, which is why there have been early signs of yellow or brown fall color and leaf fall in parts of the country.
“Over the next two weeks, we need more sunny days, more rain and cooler temperatures – but staying above freezing – without storms, to help stimulate what could be a very happy new year for the color of fall. “
* For more information on the Virtual Fall Challenge: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/move-for-trees