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Follow these basic guidelines to have a happy and safe bonfire!
- Burn only dry and none-toxic waste. Do not burn general rubbish, plastics, foams, or treated wood.
- Notify neighbours of a bonfire to prevent undue alarm, and give them a chance to remove laundry that might be out to dry.
- Put safety first, and keep liquid on hand to put the fire out if the flames spread.
- Avoid using petrol or other flammable substances to start the fire
- If you have prepared a stack of garden waste for burning, be sure to check for hedgehogs and other wildlife before you set it alight.
Can I have a bonfire in my garden?
You can have a bonfire in your garden, but you must not disrupt your neighbours. This means restricting the waste so as not to produce toxic smoke, and situating the fire where smoke will not waft on to neighbour’s property. (Especially if they have just hung the washing out!)
Are bonfires legal?
It is legal to have a bonfire in your garden, but there are laws against causing a nuisance to your neighbours.
Can bonfire ashes be composted?
Bonfire ashes can be useful in the compost pile, adding lime, potassium and trace elements. It can also be dug directly into the ground to remedy acidic soils.
Are bonfires allowed during the day?
Theoretically you can light your bonfire at any time of the day or night, but lighting up at night might not be the most considerate move, unless you live in an isolated location. Early morning or evening are typically the best times to burn garden waste to minimise potential disruption to neighbours.
Can I make a bonfire without smoke?
If smoke from your bonfire wafts away over the fence or into a road, it can cause significant danger. Or if a vulnerable neighbour inhales toxic smoke from your inferno, you could be to blame.
The best way to minimise smoke and control fire is to use an incinerator.
How can I make a bonfire without ruining the grass?
Don’t have a bonfire on your lawn. Ideally, place a bonfire on a patch of bare earth, or use an incinerator placed on a hard surface.