Remember that bonfire and barbecue parties can cause noise as well as smoke.

If a bonfire is the most practical and environmentally friendly way to dispose of garden waste warn your neighbours - they are much less likely to complain.

If you have a bonfire follow these guidelines:

  • Check unlit bonfires carefully for hedgehogs before lighting as they provide an ideal refuge for hibernation. Move any hedgehogs found to a ready-made hedgehog box or somewhere dry and safe away from the fire. Before bonfire night make an alternative hedgehog home by raking up grass cuttings or autumn leaves into a pile a safe distance from the fire. Hopefully sleepy hogs will choose to snooze there instead of the bonfire. Find out more from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.
  • Only burn dry material (creating less smoke)
  • Never burn household rubbish, rubber tyres or anything containing plastic, foam or paint
  • Never use old engine oil, methylated spirits or petrol to light the fire or encourage it
  • Avoid lighting a fire in unsuitable weather conditions - smoke hangs in the air on damp, still days and in the evening. If it is windy, smoke may be blown into neighbour’s gardens and across roads
  • Avoid burning when air pollution in your area is high or very high. This information is included in weather forecasts or on the UK Air quality archive