All staff working for the National Trust have been given this leap year day off not to put their feet up, but to help tackle climate change by creating compost heaps and encouraging people to recycle more.
More than 50,000 people who work for the National Trust will take this day off and get paid to participate in the Great Green Leap Day. Employees will be encouraged to use the day to work on environmental initiatives to reduce their own carbon footprint.
A National Trust spokeswoman said: It is up to the individual what they want to do but it could do anything that helps to tackle climate change. For instance, they could do more composting or if they do not have a compost heap build one and they could also install energy saving light bulbs in their house.
Staff can also get involved in community projects to arrange recycling facilities. All staff will be given a feedback form to fill in to state what they achieved during the day and the person with the most innovative scheme will win a prize.
This is a once in a four year chance to do this and it is important to address the impact of climate change, said the spokeswoman.
The National Trust hopes that the Great Green Leap Day will encourage other businesses to start off their own green days and encourage their staff to live a greener lifestyle.