Spring arrived in my garden last Saturday. A beautiful clear sky, yellow daffodils and some early tulips were at their best, the birds were singing, a few butterflies emerged and I spotted 2 queen bumble bees. Perfect. But then my neighbour lit his bonfire. The languid moment turned into a quick dash to grab the washing before it adopted an eau-de- bonfire stench.
So what are the laws about bonfires? A quick look online confirmed that there aren’t any. There are laws for the nuisance they may cause but not for the fires themselves. But do I want to have a “legal” type conversation with my neighbour? Absolutely not but a chat over a cup of tea to reach a friendly agreement may be in order.
The following guidelines should help to prevent any chance of bonfire rage:
– Dry materials burn quickly and produce little smoke
– Check the wind to make sure it is light and not blowing towards a road, a thatch or a neighbour’s property. Ideally you want the smoke to disperse upwards, quickly
– Keep the fire small, adding material often rather than all at once
– Only burn for a short period of time
– Consider shredding and composting as an alternative, click here for example equipment
And finally – please avoid lighting a bonfire on a rare sunny weekend or Bank Holiday when people want to enjoy their gardens!
Any other thoughts or suggestion?