National Trust bans barbecues at Norfolk sites as wildfires continue

Fire fighters tackle a fire at Mousehold Heath. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Fire fighters tackle a fire at Mousehold Heath. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Barbecues have been temporarily banned at National Trust sites along the Norfolk coast, as wildfires continue to grip the county.

With temperatures set to top 30C again this week and no rain in sight, the National Trust has opted to temporarily ban barbecues from some of its sites, including those on the Norfolk coast.

It hopes the move will reduce the risk of discarded barbecues sparking more blazes, and having a 'devastating impact on wildilfe and habitats', a spokesperson said.

They added: 'The risk of fire caused by barbecues, discarded cigarettes and glass bottles is greatly increased at present and National Trust teams at a wide variety of places are taking steps to safeguard the landscapes in their care. For many places, including the Norfolk coast, that will include not allowing barbecues at this time.'

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They advised visitors to check guidance at National Trust sites when making barbecue plans and to be mindful of disposing litter and cigarettes.

On Twitter, Horsey Windpump, a Norfolk National Trust site, encouraged visitors to leave barbecues at home and dispose of glass bottles and cigarette ends responsibly.

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The National Trust runs several sites in Norfolk - including Blakeney National Nature Reserve, Sheringham Park, West Runton and Beeston Regis Heath, Felbrigg Hall, Horsey Windpump, Heigham Holmes, Darrow Wood in Harleston and the Blickling Estate.