the commons burnt?
commons were managed by a combination of burning and grazing.
The burning removes much of the old dead grasses and woody
plants. The ash created returns some nutrient to the
soil, which encourages a fresh new growth of vegetation which
the livestock can then graze.
The burning of common
land is governed by the Heather and Grass Burning Code which
sets out how and when commons should be burnt.
Some fires are not
undertaken by commoners and these can cause problems threatening
wildlife, grazing, livestock, public and property. Illegal, uncontrolled
fires on Sites of Special Scientific Interest can attract
fines of up to £20,000. If you are in doubt about
a fire please call the Fire Brigade. If it is a controlled
burn they will be aware. In Wales the Fire Brigade spend £14,000,000
pounds a year in tackling illegal grass fires. Click here for what the law says.
For more information on the problems associated with uncontrolled fire, click here.
Controlling flammable plant matter such as gorse and bracken
Cutting fire breaks
This photo shows the effectiveness of the fire break, with the unburnt strip between the plots