I definitely wasn’t awake at this time so I am grateful to a reader of this blog for pointing me in this direction.
On Radio 5 Up All Night on Thursday 30 March at 2hr 21min 19 secs into the programme, there was a discussion about the smoke from heather burning and its potential health risks. Barry from Thirsk raised the issue of heather burning in the Yorkshire Dales and pointed out that the smoke from such burns can drift for many many miles, far from the grouse moors on which it occurs. What might be the health impacts?
The Australian-sounding expert on the programme raised the prospect that in the conditions that would apply to burning in the open air, definitely not clean burning at a high temperature, there will be (might be?) all sorts of nasty chemicals involved including dioxins which are extremely carcinogenic. We’re always being told that heather burning is ‘cool burning’ – whatever that actually means.
Barry wondered what measures the National Parks had taken to assess this risk and potentially reduce it. He has a point. To find out the answer you might want to enquire to the following:
North York Moors National Park email@example.com
Yorkshire Dales National Park firstname.lastname@example.org
Peak District National Park email@example.com
Northumberland National Park firstname.lastname@example.org
Lake District National Park email@example.com
Forest of Bowland AONB firstname.lastname@example.org
North Pennines AONB email@example.com
Nidderdale AONB firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural England email@example.com
I’m already getting holding replies to my questions.