Bonfires on allotments

We sometimes receive complaints about bonfires on allotment land:

  • Smoke drifts onto neighbouring land and into houses
  • Breathing smoke can aggravate health conditions like asthma and bronchitis
  • Burning plastic can give off dioxins which are known to cause cancer, and damage the liver, kidneys and nervous system
  • Particles that fall out from bonfires can settle on crops, and so end up in our food

You should not have a bonfire on allotment land unless it's absolutely necessary - for example, if diseased plants need to be destroyed. You should never burn plastic or other rubbish.

What are my alternatives?