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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









Jack Wood May 2019