31 March 1998
Last day for lowland grass-burning

By FWi staff

FARMERS must complete unlicensed burning of heather, grass and bracken in England and Wales by today – 31 March – in most areas, and by 15 April in upland areas, the Government has reminded farmers.

Elliot Morley, Countryside Minister, said no burning is permitted without a licence after those dates, until 1 October in Upland areas and 1 November elsewhere.

Burning during the restricted period without a licence is illegal and could lead to a fine of up to £2,500. In addition, farmers participating in Environmentally Sensitive Areas schemes should consult with their project officer before starting fires to make sure the land they intend to burn is not under any special restrictions.

“Failure to adhere to the conditions of the ESA scheme can result in penalties regarding ESA payments,” Mr Morley said.