A NEW survey has revealed that the lunch break is a thing of the past.

Two-thirds of Huddersfield workers are too busy to relax in their lunch hour.

Drinks company Appletiser conducted a national "green break" study to see how many people took time out of the workplace to enjoy green spaces.

Their results showed that 68% of Huddersfield workers did not visit a park, despite almost half the people surveyed working five minutes away from one.

More than a third of office workers in Huddersfield spend their lunch hours at their desks, while one in five spend their break queueing at the bank or paying bills.

The survey showed 85% of those who managed to get out and relax during their lunch break felt refreshed.

A further 56% said they felt more productive when returning to work after a relaxing break.

The survey also showed that Huddersfield workers who did escape to green areas were the most romantic.

One in five hold lunch-time trysts with secret loved ones in the park, compared to a national average of 6%.

The International Stress Management Association says spending time in a park - combined with exercise - de-stresses staff and increases productivity.


Name: Angela Liversidge.

Age: 42.

Job: Residential carer.

Lives: Longwood.

Says: "We don't get a full hour lunch break as carers. We have to take breaks when everything's done. We generally get about 10 or 15 minutes. You need to get away for a bit, so you feel refreshed."


Name: Julie Donoghue.

Age: 33.

Job: Residential carer.

Lives: Salendine Nook.

Says: "We take about 15 minutes when we can get it. You really need a break, to have time to calm down with a cup of tea. It can be hectic."


Name: Zoe Liversidge.

Age: 15.

Job: Activity organiser at residential home.

Lives: Longwood.

Says: "I only work two hours on a night, so I don't have a problem. But if I worked longer hours I would want a break."


Name: James Abbott.

Age: 23.

Job: Works at HSBC bank.

Lives: Denby Dale.

Says: "I get a full hour for lunch. Most of the time I get out of the office. I go wherever I fancy. If the weather's good I stay outside. I definitely think you need a lunch break."


Name: Peter Condon.

Age: 34.

Job: Textile printing and dyeing technician.

Lives: Milnsbridge.

Says: "I am supposed to have an hour, but if we are busy we work through. Sometimes you go out for a pastie and take it back. But you definitely need a break."


Name: Christine Bowers.

Age: 52.

Job: Works for Broadbents engineering firm, Huddersfield.

Lives: Oldham.

Says: "I get one hour. I come out every lunchtime, because I like to have a bit of air and a walk round."