CLA Midlands welcomes Government Bonfire Night sky lantern advice

28 October 2014

The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, has welcomed a Government guide to staying safe on Bonfire Night that recommends people do not use sky lanterns because “They can kill animals, litter the countryside and start fires.”

The association - which has been campaigning for a ban on sky lanterns for several years - says the advice in the guide is clear and justifies everything the CLA has been saying.

CLA Midlands Rural Adviser Donna Tavernor said: “It is good news that the Government is finally starting to publicise the dangers of sky lanterns. 

“Many of the local authorities we have written to as part of our campaign, and an increasing number of private venues are now banning the use of them on their own land because they understand the dangers.

“We hope that eventually this will lead to an outright ban. In the meantime we would encourage everyone to follow the advice and do not celebrate with sky lanterns, on Bonfire Night or any other occasion. There is simply no responsible way to use them.”

Read the Department of Communities and Local Government Report  ‘A community guide to organising bonfires and fireworks