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Fires in Oxleas Woods
Over the last month there have been at least five
fires started deliberately in the woods.
Unfortunately, because of the nature of the
woodland soil - and despite the repeated efforts
of the fire service - the fires are extremely hard to extinguish. They can burn for weeks, gradually destroying areas of woodland - the plants, trees and habitat of numerous woodland creatures. And at this time of year that can include birds nests with their eggs and fledglings.
We are really grateful to everyone who reported the fires to the fire service, the Royal Borough of Greenwich - or ourselves. We had an urgent meeting with the Council's Parks & Open Spaces Dept. last week and agreed a plan of action aimed at managing and preventing woodland fires. You may already have seen the Council's posters in the woods offering guidance and advice to people, which is summarised below.
Do not light fires - including BBQs
Take your rubbish home - bottles and glass can easily start fires in hot weather
Stub it out - make sure cigarettes are properly extinguished and the ends put in the bin
Call 999 - if you see a fire, call the fire brigade immediately
Don't attempt to tackle a fire - leave the area as quickly as possible