Bonfire update for Jan-Mar 2021

Bonfires will be allowed on the following dates:

Saturday January 2nd and Sunday January 3rd

Saturday January 30th and Sunday January 31st

Saturday February 27th and Sunday February 28th

Saturday March 27th and Sunday March 28th

Please follow good practice when holding a bonfire – it really isn’t a question of burning everything on your plot as quickly as possible:

A good bonfire can be built using the wood in your pile to create a small teepee-shaped fire well away from any trees or structures.

Bonfires should be used for woody waste – anything leafy should be composted. Material for the bonfire should be as dry as possible before burning – wet stuff produces thick smoke. Please take care not to burn any plastics or anything other than wood. Anything non-compostable and not suitable for burning should be taken to the recycling centre at Summers Lane, which has now reopened on a book-in-advance basis.

All normal bonfire precautions should be taken, such as:

  • Checking before you light that no hedgehogs or other wildlife are living in the wood pile
  • Adding waste gradually to the fire and not allowing it to grow too big
  • Burning dry waste only – do not burn wet wood as this creates choking smoke
  • Not using petrol or any other kind of accelerant
  • Not leaving the fire unattended at any time
  • Ensuring that the fire is extinguished before you leave the site.