The best way to prevent causing a nuisance is of course to dispose of the material in some way other than burning it in the garden, for example by composting it or, if that is not practical or the material is not suitable, by putting it in the green wheelie bin, or by arranging for it to be collected or to be taken to one of the council's rubbish tips.
If you dispose of garden refuse by lighting a bonfire, the following guidance should reduce the risk of nuisance:
- burn only dry material which will burn quickly with the minimum of smoke, not material which is sodden or still green or still contains sap
- choose a time when the wind is unlikely to take smoke into any adjacent premises
- site the fire as far from adjacent premises as possible
- supervise the fire and put it out if a problem arises
- ensure that the fire is out at the end of the day, not left to smoulder overnight
- if enforcement action is required an officer will need to witness the bonfire
Report a bonfire problem or nuisance
If you have a problem with bonfires which you feel cause a nuisance, you can report this nuisance using the Report a bonfire problem form.
The council continually monitors air quality and reports on various pollutants at locations throughout the city which may or may not be related to bonfires. These pollutants include:
- Carbon Monoxide
- Nitric Oxide
- Nitrogen Dioxide
- Sulphur Dioxide
Here you can find guidance on holding community bonfires.