Each year the Royal Borough receives a number of complaints regarding allotment bonfires, most come from people living nearby who are affected by the smoke and fumes.
Often the problem is made worse by several allotment holders lighting fires and leaving them to smolder and smoke. Not only is this unpleasant for people living nearby but you may be risking prosecution and a fine of up to £5,000.
As well as nuisance from the smoke, there is always a risk that a fire left unattended can get out of hand. Always douse it thoroughly to ensure that it is out before you leave.
If you can, compost as much of your allotment rubbish as possible. Composting produces a valuable product that can be used as a soil conditioner and is a much better alternative to burning. A properly built compost heap will deal with most garden waste, leaves, grass cutting and even paper and cardboard in small quantities.