Please don't bring barbecues to parks

Published: Thursday 18th April 19

With warm weather forecast for the Easter bank holiday weekend London, people are being reminded that they should not bring barbecues into Wandsworth’s parks and open spaces.

It is against local byelaws to light fires or use barbecues in any of the borough's parks and green spaces. People who contravene this byelaw could be prosecuted and fined.

People who use barbecues nearly always leave behind scorched patches of burned grass that take months to recover.

The damage left behind by barbecues

On other occasions people have tipped burning hot coals into litter bins and set them on fire.

Insp Stephen Biggs of Wandsworth Parks Police said; “No one wants to be a killjoy but barbecues cause so much damage to grassed areas that there really is no alternative other than to ban them.

“People can still enjoy picnics but I’m afraid barbecues are not permitted. This important rule is there to protect our open spaces and keep them looking good.

"Our local parks and commons are a great place to be when we have good weather. We are just asking people to have consideration for other people and to take care of their surroundings.

“We know our open spaces are likely to be busy this bank holiday weekend and we are stepping up patrols to make sure this and other important byelaws are observed.”

• People are also being urged to make sure they leave no litter behind.

The council is calling on everyone who visits parks and green spaces to make sure they bag up their rubbish and dispose of it properly, even if that means bringing it home with them.

Simon Ingyon, parks director with the council’s leisure and culture contractor Enable, added: “If you do bring food and drinks to enjoy in the sun, please make sure you don’t leave anything behind for someone else to pick up.

“All rubbish should be placed in a litter bin. If the bins are full please bring it home with you and put in your own dustbin. Please don’t leave bags of rubbish out for others to clear away.

“This way we can all help to keep our open spaces clean and tidy and make sure they remain great places to visit and enjoy.”