Bonfires during the COVID-19 outbreak
There is mounting evidence that fine particles contained in smoke and other combustion emissions can cause damage to health and aggravate other health conditions. One study has even found extremely fine particles in brain tissue, linking it to dementia.
During normal times this can lead distress and discomfort for those with Asthma, COPD and breathing related diseases.
We are now all aware of the potential effects of COVID-19 on our health and have heeded the Governments Message to stay home and stay safe. In doing so we are protecting the health of others of all ages who have breathing related conditions and illnesses and it is especially important at this time to protect those who are vulnerable from those factors which may cause them harm and make them more susceptible to COVID-19.
Please do not have any bonfires whilst the Coronavirus controls are in place and protect others and your own health. Protect the NHS.
Allotment committees and users, as well as householders have a particularly important role in ensuring responsible behaviour by their members.
You can stockpile green waste, start composting to rot down material for use as a soil improver, sign up for a garden green waste collection from Wiltshire Council or simply let the job wait until the household recycling centres re-open to the public.
Never burn garden waste that is still green or recently cut, and never burn any other household waste.
If this advice is not followed and there is evidence of a risk to health and or the use or enjoyment of another’s property is being affected we may serve a formal notice on the person responsible. This may result in legal action.
To report an incident of a problem bonfire please contact us.