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Dorset is a no-go area for BBQs and campfires as new fines come into force

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) came into force on 1 July that prevents people lighting fires, including BBQs, fireworks, lanterns, and campfires, in many areas across Dorset.


Dorset Council is working with Forestry England and Dorset and Wiltshire Fire service to protect countryside area including heathlands, forests, and coastlines from the devastation that unattended naked flames can cause.

Dorset Council and its partners are working together to help ensure that all visitors are aware of the new law and the reasons for it. Anyone found to be breaking the new restrictions will be liable for a £100 fine and all banned items will be confiscated,

There is clear signage at the public areas where the PSPO applies. The PSPO does not apply to private property, such as gardens.

Reference  – Dorset Council news letter 8th July 2022

Tessa Safadi
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