SIR – Your picture captioned “Poignant tribute” (February 4) showed hundreds of balloons, many metallic, being released into the sky as a tribute to three young people who had died in horrific circumstances.
As anti-plastic awareness gains traction, balloon releases remain a popular way to commemorate people who have died. Many of these balloons end up in trees, hedges and fields where livestock graze, and eventually arrive on beaches and in the sea.
The moment a balloon is let go, it becomes litter. Planting flowers, hedges or trees would seem a longerlasting act of remembrance, but sadly the wild balloons may outlive the trees by several centuries. Juliet Stibbe