As landowner permission is required to light or tend a fire, the Authority has said that all major land owners and key landowner representatives within the Peak District have this week confirmed they do not give their permission and so barbecues and open fires are not allowed.
The announcement follows a call from the National Park Authority on Monday 1 June for retailers across the region to voluntarily remove disposable barbecues from retail sale.
Also on Monday, your District Council appealed to visitors to show more respect after the Derbyshire Dales' main parks were left strewn with weekend litter, with scorch marks left on grass by disposable barbecues.
Our clean and green team collected around 150 bags of rubbish discarded in District Council parks in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Matlock Bath - and we warned that on-the-spot fines of £100 will be imposed if anyone is seen breaching the parks' rules banning disposable barbecues, open fires, alcohol and littering.
In its statement, supported by a total of 19 organisations [see list of signatories below], the Peak Park Authority says:
"A record-breaking spring of prolonged sunshine, hot and dry weather and regular winds has created a perfect storm of conditions for fires in the open landscape.
"Within the last week, major blazes have taken place at Bamford Edge, Dovestone and Swineshaw. All are believed to have started from discarded or unattended barbecues.
"Teams from the fire and rescue services, national park rangers, the Peak District Moorland Group, farmers and gamekeepers, water companies and conservation charities have all been involved in both tackling the fires and speaking with the public having barbecues.
"Major landowners – including the National Park Authority – have now come together to highlight the dangers of open fires in the landscape and leave the public in no doubt that items such as barbecues may not be used on access land or on footpaths in the Peak District."
Sarah Fowler, chief executive of the Peak District National Park, said:
“We’ve all had a really tough few months under Covid-19 restrictions. As lock down has eased getting back into the outdoors and seeking sanctuary in nature is a natural and vital response to support our own recovery.
“Sadly, in recent weeks we have seen an unacceptable increase in discarded and unattended disposable barbecues and fires in open areas and have seen multiple large fires as a result.
“As we return to the countryside we must do so with care, and not damage the very fabric of why we choose to venture into these special places.
“We have welcomed the move by at least a dozen businesses to already remove disposable barbecue units from sale.
“I would like to leave the public in no doubt that having a barbecue or fire in the open countryside of the Peak District National Park puts some of our most loved and treasured landscapes at risk, and is not permitted.”
In response to the recent fires, The Peak District National Park Foundation charity have launched their ‘Fire Fund’ aimed at supporting activities that help in the prevention of fires in the open countryside and those who are involved in tackling them. People can donate at: https://peakdistrict.charitycheckout.co.uk/cf/fire-fund
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue added:
"Over recent months Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service have dealt with a significant number of Wildfires in the Peak District. Many of these fires have caused significant damage to moorland and required multi-agency response.
"Response to Wildfires can be consuming, tying up valuable firefighting resources from across the county and neighbouring services, over numerous days and weeks to extinguish."
The following alphabetical list of organisations, charities, landowners and land managers have confirmed that barbecues are not permitted on their land:
- Chatsworth Estate
- Derbyshire Dales District Council
- Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service
- Fitzwilliam Wentworth Estate
- Haddon Estate
- High Peak Borough Council
- Moorland Association
- Moors for the Future Partnership
- National Farmers Union
- National Trust
- North East Derbyshire District Council
- Okeover Estate
- Peak District National Park Authority
- Peak District Moorland Group
- Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
- Tissington Estate
- United Utilities
- Yorkshire Water