Garden bonfires have been around for a long time, and not a necessity during the year or Guy Fawkes night.
In fact, we are seeing less and fewer bonfires happening during this night because of the Health and Safety.
I would certainly like to clear a few things before we divulge into them.
You can have Garden Bonfires whenever you wish, There are no laws against having them, and there is not a time limit during one day or night, and when to not have one.
It’s down to common sense and thinking. However, there are by-laws for the nuisance they can cause.
Are Garden Bonfires A Nuisance
To be clear, single back garden bonfires is unlikely to be a major problem even though it may cause some annoyance.
But this is where as a friend yourself, would kindly tell your neighbour who may be affected slightly, that you are having one.
For any reasons to why you are unable to talk to your neighbour, here are a few examples for one to be a nuisance:
There has to be evidence about the frequency of garden bonfires, for instance, If you have one every night, or every so many days.
The duration, for example, If burns overnight on at its peak burn.
If the smoke is smoggy black, this could indicate very toxic items are burning.
If the smoke is smoking your neighbour’s house out, for example, the smoke is going into their home through windows and doors.
Your neighbour garden is affected by smoke, for example, they have washing hanging.
The danger to traffic, Such smoke can affect visibility on the roads for everyone. You could be found liable for this.
In short, Make sure you let your neighbours who may be affected know that you are going to have Garden Bonfires.
If you are found to be considered a nuisance, you will charge with an abatement notice.
If you fail to comply with the abatement notice, you will have to pay up to £5,000.
Please take these points into very hard consideration when doing one as these are dangerous and a nuisance.
To be on the safe sides on both neighbours and the bylaw, Only burn dry material.
Never burn household rubbish such as pop bottles, deodorants, etc., rubber tyres or similar plastics, foam items or nothing flammable, i.e., paint,
These will, also create toxic black smoke and be dangerous for everyone.
In any circumstances never use old engine oil, methylated spirits or petrol to light the fire or encourage it.
These are very explosive near heat or naked flame and can result to exploding.
Only lit it with suitable weather conditions – if not smoke will hang in the air when damp.
Always avoid having one when air pollution in your area is high or very high.
You will find these type information from the weather forecasts or on the UK Air quality archive.
If you do have a garden bonfire, Make sure you risk assessment the area.
Making sure the bonfire heap isn’t too high, and that there is plenty of room either side.
Garden Bonfires Why We Should Never Forget
Garden Bonfires have much traditional use in each country.
The Celtics had bonfires between 31s October and 5th of November for Samhain.
Northern Ireland, still today have bonfires on Halloween and on each 11 July, to celebrate the victory of Williamite forces.
In England, everyone used to have them to celebrate the king’s saved life on Guy Fawkes Night.
In today modern times, Garden Bonfires may be used to help getting rid of a significant amount of dry garden waste.
For example, diseased plant material that cannot compost, rotted fencing panels, dried tree branches.
And in some cases still, today organised firework displays put one on for Guy Fawkes night.
Sadly as we have demanding jobs and misled over the years.
The days of kids running around with wheelbarrows asking for wood and other such items have vanished.
Besides, ashes are great for keeping slugs away from your plants.
So this year Bonfire Night Traditions is asking the UK nation to follow their by-law carefully and safety.
Let’s help bring back an old tradition that has happened for many years.