Garden Bonfires in this day and age.....
Updated: Dec 2, 2019
What are your thoughts about having a good old burn up in the bottom of the garden on a cold frosty day?
I, for one believe that if you want to rid yourself of any infected wood and foliage, what better way is there other than to burn it. To put infected garden rubbish in the council bins or even your own compost heap is a sure way of helping to spread whatever nasties you may have. And anyway, who wants to fill the bin with leaves when it can be used for all the wet succulent plants that are hard to burn.
Before you embark on the quest of lighting fires you must remember that there are many risks in doing so.
There are no laws against having a bonfire, but there are laws for the nuisance they can cause. Here are some common sense rules you can follow:
1. Consider your neighbours and notify them of your intentions before lighting your fire so that they can close their windows and take in their washing.
2. Consider the time of day you are lighting your bonfire to ensure that you will not have to leave it unattended.
3. Make sure that all children and animals are supervised or safe, away from the fire
4. Check that small creatures such as hedgehogs or field mice are not nesting in your pile of garden waste before lighting the fire.
5. Only feed the fire with small amounts of materials.
6. Don't light a fire underneath trees.
7. Don't light fires when it is windy as debris from the fire could blow away and cause a fire.
8. Don't let smoke to drift onto the highway. You could be fined up to £5000 for doing so.
9. Always have a hosepipe or buckets of water handy in case of emergency.