Date published: 19th June 2020

Following the vandalism at Holt Country Park several weeks ago we have sadly experienced some further causes for concern in our woodlands. We have recently found several fires and BBQ’s lit within the woodland areas of Pretty Corner Woods, Sadlers Wood and Holt Country Park.

These include a bench that caught fire when a disposable BBQ was placed on it at Pretty Corner Woods, as well as a large fire which was attended by the Norfolk Fire Service, plus campfire remains in Sadlers Wood and Holt Country Park, some found still smouldering and likely to have spread if not caught in time.

Police have been made aware of these incidents and a fine issued in one instance, please can we urge members of the public to act responsibly. Lighting fires in wooded areas is dangerous at any time, but during this particularly dry summer, it is reckless and poses a risk to public health and safety, endangers our beautiful woodlands and places unnecessary strain on our emergency services.

Colin Brown, Countryside Manager at NNDC, said: “We fully appreciate that people are very keen to get outside and enjoy our woodlands and open spaces once again, however we must all make sure that this is done responsibly and safely. There have been far more instances of fires, camps and BBQs within our woodlands recently than we have known before and this is extremely concerning, particularly given the dry weather we have experienced in recent weeks.”

Last updated: 19th June 2020