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BIOMASS => General => Topic started by: billi on December 21, 2010, 01:26:55 AM

Title: Land burning
Post by: billi on December 21, 2010, 01:26:55 AM
Fire season in the country side is here again

I look out of the window and mountains are in flame

That happens each year 

Would be intresting to know how much kwh are burnt and wasted  , instead of organizing a harvesting idea for all the furze , fern and more  and burn that in the house

Is that commen in the UK as well ?

Title: Re: Land burning
Post by: guydewdney on December 21, 2010, 10:11:47 AM
yes - they burn the old vegetation so that new veg can grow.

Title: Re: Land burning
Post by: camillitech on December 21, 2010, 12:47:55 PM
Aye Billi,

it's a yearly ritual in these parts too. Every year the 'shepherds' go out with their boxes of matches and set the place on fire. They say it's to kill off the ticks and promote new growth but in reality it's just something that they like doing  ::) I've lived here over twenty years and watched 'shepherds' who can't be ar5ed doing any gathering, shearing, dipping or worming faithfully turn up every year with their Zippo. You can always tell the type because they're too lazy to light a fire more than a few paces from the road  :fume

There's a strict code about when and where you can do it, and a 'muirburn' should never be left unattended or done at night but I've seen them burn for days. I've seen telegraph poles set alight, fences burnt, trees destroyed, power cables torched and almost had my water pipe melted  :o

I'm sure there are responsible muir burning crofters, farmers and shepherds somewhere but they're thin on the ground in these parts. Still I only got my ex navy hydro power cable because some clown had set the old unarmoured one on fire  ;D

Cheers, Paul

Title: Re: Land burning
Post by: Billy on December 21, 2010, 12:56:09 PM
So the moral of the story is, Paul, if it might come in useful then set a fire nearby.   exhappy:


 ;D ;D ;D

Title: Re: Land burning
Post by: Ivan on January 06, 2011, 02:32:18 AM
I thought it was illegal in England, though not Scotland.

I spent 6weeks working near Galashiels in Scotland at the end of summer back in 1990 as an archaeologist - we were working outdoors all day, and we saw the sky turned black by the filthy smoke created by such burns. The smell is awful and we all suffered from coughs and sore throats, even though we were probably 10miles away from where the stubble was burning.

Title: Re: Land burning
Post by: wookey on January 06, 2011, 03:48:40 AM
yes, stubble-burning has been banned in England for years. (15?)

Title: Re: Land burning
Post by: dtl on January 06, 2011, 07:41:30 AM
Stubble burning in England is not allowed, however heather burning/muirburn is still acceptable.

Title: Re: Land burning
Post by: wyleu on January 06, 2011, 09:44:09 AM
Glider pilots are, only now, forgetting what burnt stubble smelt and looked like

Title: Re: Land burning
Post by: biff on January 06, 2011, 02:59:54 PM
burning has been illegal here for years and there is a heavy fine if they catch anyone lighting the heather.
       unfortunatly,the longer the undergrowth goes without being burned off,the greater the damage when it eventually gets torched,
     so it is hard to know the answer,lighting the gorse and then doing a runner is very irresponsible but that is exactly what happens here.