Published on 29th June 2018

skewers of meat cooking on a barbecue

During this hot spell, areas of grass, shrubs and woodland are a risk of catching fire. In the interests of safety, the borough council is reminding people of the risks associated with barbecues and bonfires in open spaces.

For the safety of residents, properties and the environment, barbecues and bonfires are not permitted in public open spaces or Leckhampton Hill. Bonfires are permitted on allotments after 1 October.

Malcolm Walls, green space development officer said: ‘’As we are experiencing incredibly high temperatures, we are keen to do all we can to remind people how to stay safe and protect our environment.  We are proud of Cheltenham’s public open spaces and Leckhampton Hill so I hope that people understand the risks and avoid having barbecues and bonfires in these areas.’’

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue have some handy hints about fire prevention on their website:

  • Put out cigarettes and other smoking materials properly before you leave your vehicle.
  • Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows.
  • Don’t leave bottles or glass in woodlands. Sunlight shining through glass can start a fire. Take them home or put them in a waste or recycling bin.

If you witness a fire getting out of control please call the fire service immediately on 999.

Martyn Keen, station manager for Cheltenham at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Spending time out in the garden or Gloucestershire countryside should be an enjoyable and safe experience – however there are risks, especially during heatwaves.

“We’d advise against having open fires in the countryside, if you are having a barbecue then always use designated areas and don’t place them directly onto dry grass and vegetation, as they are more likely to burn. Keeping water close by will also help to deal with any potential risks.

“There’s a lot more advice available on our website. By following these simple fire safety rules you can help to look after your family, friends and our beautiful countryside.”


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