- There is absolutely no law against you having a bonfire, so don't let anyone tell you there is! However:-
- You are supposed to start your bonfire only at dusk! So not during the daytime.
- Bonfires are a good way to dispose of diseased plant materials, and the nutrients from these and twiggy prunings are quickly returned to the soil; moreover, charcoal is an excellent soil conditioner - but:
- You should not burn substantial timbers (which can be taken to the dump for making into MDF). Nor should you burn green, wet material (which should be composted) or plastic of any kind (it releases chemicals you really DON'T want to be breathing!!!)
- Garden bonfires DON'T make any kind of significant contribution to greenhouse gases. Air travel, cars, and the flatulent cows of America are the ones to worry about there, not someone burning up a few pruning. Having said that:
- It's not nice having smoke blowing into through your open windows on these mild evenings, so as a matter of common courtesy (and to keep the neighbours from complaining to the council) bag up your bonfire stuff to keep it dry (masses of steam from wet stuff will be mistaken for smoke) and check the wind direction before lighting up!
. . . so just the usual reminders!
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