Garden bonfires are usually lit to dispose of garden waste but always create smoke which adds to air pollution, particularly at a local level, and which will contribute to the general background level. Bonfire smoke can cause problems for asthmatics, bronchitis sufferers, and people with heart conditions, and frequently cause a nuisance to neighbours by preventing them from enjoying their gardens, opening windows or hanging washing out.
Any bonfire is a potential safety risk and can spread to fences or garden buildings, and piles of garden waste are often used as a refuge by animals, especially hedgehogs.
It is not always necessary to light a bonfire, and garden waste can be disposed of in various ways:
If a bonfire is the only practicable option for disposing of garden waste, please follow these guidelines to avoid causing nuisance:
See also “Garden Bonfires: the rules” published by GOV.UK
Barbecues can easily cause annoyance through smoke and cooking smells so think of your neighbours:
By following these simple tips you can help avoid unnecessary conflict and keep your barbecue fun for all involved!