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Bucks villagers 'douse several disposable BBQs' left behind

The Council are asking us to be responsible and clean up after ourselves after open-air gatherings.

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:55pm 11th June 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks villagers 'douse several disposable BBQs' left behind

People in Aston Clinton have been putting out several BBQs left burning in the park there.

Disposable BBQs have been popular as people made use of the good weather and getting to meet in parks.

Buckinghamshire Council are warning of the dangers, especially when it gets dry.

BBQ damage, Calvert Jubilee

Clive Harriss, Cabinet Member for Sport and Leisure, said the inherent danger of using any device with a naked flame was one the council wanted to avoid.

And, he said, in the past few days Bucks Fire and Rescue had been called to blazes in woodland and open spaces across the county, from Cliveden and Farnham Common in the south to the Milton Keynes borders in the north, including a disposable barbecue in High Wycombe.

There's concern for safety in the county's parks, woodland and open spaces, particularly since country park rangers reported a fire in Thorney Park.

While barbecues, camp fires, and stoves are not allowed in Buckinghamshire country parks, Clive urged residents not to light fires or use any device with a naked flame in woodland or open spaces, and to dispose of cigarettes carefully.

Clive said:

"We're all feeling constrained by the lockdown restrictions, and even the most mild relaxation on travel and leisure risks a release not unlike a coiled spring! Witness what we've seen on the coastal beaches in the fine weather.

"As we're now able to enjoy the wonderful parks and open spaces we're fortunate to have in Buckinghamshire, I urge that we remain vigilant about the risk of fire, especially as the weather has been so mild and dry.

"It also goes without saying that people should also dispose of all their rubbish in the bins provided or better still, take it all home. That way we keep our countryside and open spaces as attractive as possible for everyone to enjoy."

Bucks Fire and Rescue fire safety outdoors advice.

The Countryside Code

Disposable barbecue in woods

Respect other people

1. Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
2. Park carefully so access to gateways and driveways are clear
3. Leave gates and property as you find them
4. Follow paths but give way to others where it's narrow

Protect the natural environment

1. Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home
2. Don't have BBQs or fires
3. Keep dogs under effective control
4. Dog poo - bag it and bin it

Enjoy the outdoors

1. Plan ahead, check what facilities are open, be prepared
2. Follow advice and local signs and obey social distancing measures

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