• Steeple Woods

Where's the fire?

Visitors to the Reserve are starting to see more and more piles of bracken and gorse cuttings dotted around the site.


Recently, the volunteers took the decision to stop burning the green waste created by our winter maintenance work.


This wasn't an easy decision because the annual bonfire was quite an event for the volunteers.


However, there's a lot of good scientific research that shows the environmental impact of bonfires. This French study shows the impact of burning green waste in a variety of ways - none of them good.

Rather than creating air pollution and releasing carbon, the piles of green waste will slowly breakdown and be absorbed back into the ground.


In the meantime, the piles will provide homes for a variety of fauna over the winter.