Farmers call for lanterns ban
With harvest fast approaching, the National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging people to think twice about releasing Chinese lanterns.
Following the huge fire sparked by a lantern at a recycling depot in the West Midlands last week, the NFU is highlighting how damaging they can be to property and livestock.
NFU south east environment and land use adviser John Archer said: “Chinese lanterns really can cause fires on an industrial scale and we’d like to see them banned.
“Lanterns pose a big fire risk to crops that are ripening in the sun and we’ve had numerous reports of them landing in fields and farmyards.
“Please don’t release them – valuable food could literally go up in smoke or you could cause a wild fire.”
“Although they look attractive, Chinese lanterns can kill or maim farm animals. Cows have died from ingesting the fine wire from lanterns.
“Lanterns fall into grass crops and the wire gets chopped up when crops are harvested to make animal feed. Animals also get entangled in them.” The NFU is logging problems caused by Chinese lanterns, to lobby for a ban.