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Bonfire Etiquette

Incinerator smoke

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

Beehive Composter

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?

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About Lis

Our Suttons Blog comes from Lis Wallace, Head of Customer Service here at Suttons since 2002. Living on the edge of Dartmoor Lis has a large and “somewhat tricky” garden split across several levels but with the bonus of a stream tumbling through and a large, fertile veg patch. Across the blog Lis will share some of the knowledge she has gained over the years from her father, from working at Suttons and also from her own trial and error. Storm the Jack Russell is bound to chip in now and then. That’s what terriers do!

One thought on “Bonfire Etiquette”

  1. Glallotments says:

    Check any piles of bonfire material for hedgehogs, Preferrably move material to be burned in a different location

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