Don’t let smoke cloud your judgement when lighting a bonfire

Sparks can fly over bonfires

There are no set times or days for when you are permitted to have a bonfire –technically you can light one whenever you like. However, since the start of the pandemic many local councils have laid down rules about preventing domestic bonfires in order to protect air quality for those at risk or suffering from Covid.

In order to avoid committing an offence, we recommend checking out online what your local council is stating during lockdown – www.easthants.gov.uk/bonfires.

Aside from current Covid restrictions, many people believe it’s illegal to light bonfires, and there are official restrictions on when how often they can be burned.

Some people believe that it’s against the law to burn a bonfire on a weekend or late in the evening, but this is simply not true.

In normal times, out of respect and in the act of community spirit, it’s recommended that you choose a time in the early morning or early evening when your neighbours are less likely to be affected.

(As quoted by Hugh Graham writing in The Sunday Times, Home on 20th September 2020)