Residents urged to keep the countryside safe
Council is urging people to play their part in protecting the countryside and
avoiding putting emergency services under strain, after two woodland fires in the
area of land the size of two football pitches was set alight at Haw Park Wood
over the Easter bank holiday weekend damaging trees, woodland and wildlife.
inspecting the area also found evidence that attempts had been made to light
fires in another part of the wood at Foxwell and the Council is aware of a
further attempted fire near Ryhill Reservoir which is also close to Haw Park
the emergency services under additional pressures, due to the coronavirus
pandemic, people are being asked to respect, protect and enjoy the countryside.
Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty at
Wakefield Council, said: “During these unprecedented times we need to support
our emergency services and avoid problems being caused by people either being
careless, having campfires or barbecues - against advice, or deliberately
setting woodland alight. This is never acceptable behaviour, and if anyone has
information on these recent incidents they must report it to the police.
it is more important than ever that we all take responsibility for keeping our
district’s woodland and countryside areas safe and enjoyable for everyone to
Council is reminding people of the positive actions they can take to protect
the countryside and its wildlife, whilst out enjoying their daily exercise in
urban parks and in the countryside.
this time of year being the wildlife breeding season, dog owners are being
asked to ensure their pets are not disturbing birds or animals.
are also being reminded of they must never light barbecues or create campfires
in the countryside because of the fire risk.
people are urged to take their litter home, to avoid resources being spent on
clear ups, that are funded by money from Council tax payers.
Cllr Cummings added: “Our district is a great place with so much beautiful
countryside, woodland areas and parks. Let’s all take the necessary actions to
keep these spaces safe for everyone to enjoy now and in the future.”