Hounslow Council is warning residents and visitors to avoid breaching the law concerning the usage of barbecues in parks and open spaces.
Published: Thursday, 25th June 2020
It is against longstanding local bylaws to light fires in any of the borough's parks and green spaces. Protecting our parks, heathland, woodland and local wildlife from the risks of potential fire hazard and resulting damage is our priority, this comes following London Fire Brigade having to already attend to 88 grass fires in Hounslow this year.
Barbecues have a negative impact on the environment as they emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and regularly leave behind scorched patches of burned grass that take months to recover.
Everyone who visits parks and green spaces should also make sure they bag up their rubbish and take it home where it can be recycled or disposed of responsibly. This will help to reduce litter and protect wild animals who can become trapped and entangled in dumped items.
Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member Leisure Services said:
“Visitors to our parks and open spaces can still enjoy picnics, but barbecues are not permitted. Barbecues present a danger to other visitors and wild animals by increasing the risk of fires, particularly in this warm and dry weather. This ban is important to keep everyone safe and protect the local environment.
“We know our green spaces are likely to be busier during the summer months, so our Enforcement Team will be stepping up patrols to make sure safety is observed.”
Please report any barbeques you see throughout green spaces to our Enforcement Team by visiting www.hounslow.gov.uk/report