New Forest retailers back ban on BBQs

New Forest retailers back ban on BBQs

Published by Jack Deery at 1:44pm 25th June 2020.

2 minute read

Forestry England and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service launched the #BBQFreeNewForest campaign earlier this month.

A number of retailers across the New Forest have shown their support by withdrawing disposable BBQs for sale. 

The campaign was created to help reduce the risk of fires in the area, after multiple incidents in last few weeks while the forest is at an extreme risk. 

18 shops, including the Nisa Local in West Wellow, are also putting up posters to highlight the dangers of BBQs to customers. 

Forest Fire wildfire (The New Forest - Forestry England)
The forest has seen a number of incidents over the last few weeks

New Forest National Park Authority Chairman Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre said: 

"Thanks to support from garages and shops the villages of Ashurst, Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst are all now disposable BBQ-free.

Our woods and lowland heathland are of global environmental importance for wildlife and their peaty soils store carbon and help reduce climate change. Wildfires at this time of year would cause immense damage to the ground and the rare flora and fauna. We must protect them from unintentional fires caused by carelessness.

While we have had some rain, the area remains on a fire alert and with the warm weather set to return, the New Forest will be at an even greater risk of fire. This is why we need your help."

The #BBQFreeNewForest campaign has been well received on social media with reaching nearly 300,000 people and over 40,000 liking, commenting or sharing it. 

The New Forest National Park Authority are now asking us to do our bit, by getting in contact with their local retailer and encouraging them to stop spelling disposable BBQs. 

For full information and a list of all stores supporting the campaign visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/BBQFreeNewForest.

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