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BBQ-free New Forest campaign

The New Forest has now been declared a complete no BBQ and fire zone.
Since summer 2020, the New Forest National Park Authority has been calling on retailers in and around the New Forest to remove disposable barbecues from sale and for a continued ban on fires and barbecues in the open countryside of the National Park.

2020 saw a significant rise in the irresponsible use of BBQs, presenting a major risk of wildfire with potentially devastating effects. In just one weekend rangers working with the fire service extinguished over 60 unsafe BBQs. Numerous areas of scorched earth were left across the protected habitats when a fire warning is still in place.

Disposable BBQs are:

  • a major wildfire risk
  • are harmful to the New Forest commoners’ animals and our rare wildlife
  • have caused injuries to children and adults when hot coals and sharp metal are left in the countryside or buried on beaches.
  • are single-use and create waste.

The New Forest has now been declared a complete no BBQ and fire zone. BBQs and fires of any kind are no longer permitted in car parks or any areas of the Forest managed by Forestry England, National Trust, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Wellow Parish Council. All BBQ facilities at Forestry England sites have been removed and prominent no BBQ signs are at Forestry England car parks and information points.

Following our plea, 63 shops and outlets in and around the New Forest have now taken disposable BBQs off sale. We’re continuing the campaigning in 2023 and will be recruiting additional outlets this year to support a BBQ-free New Forest. 

Outdoor fires in the New Forest fell by 40% in 2021 compared with 2020 and 30% less than 2019 before the pandemic. We have worked with independent and national retailers to ban the sale of disposable BBQs in and around the New Forest. Neighbouring councils such as Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council and Dorset Council have now also set up campaigns to control the use of disposable BBQs in protected landscapes and have been asking local retailers to withdraw them from sale.

In June 2021 Co-Op led the way nationally, taking the unprecedented decision to remove disposable BBQs from sale in stores within a mile radius of national parks in the bid to stop wildfires.

In March 2022 Waitrose and Aldi decided to nationally ban disposable BBQs in all their stores to reduce fire risk and cut down on waste by taking single-use BBQs off sale. Aldi said its ban on them would remove 35 tons of single-use waste packaging.

The issue has been discussed in Parliament (see below) and in summer 2022 Keep Britain Tidy launched its #BanTheFlamingThings campaign.

Fire Facts

  • The New Forest includes large areas of peat, which can ignite very easily and burn for days or weeks, even smouldering underground and re-emerging away from the initial source. These fires are incredibly difficult to extinguish and highly unpredictable. Temperatures in a disposable barbecue can reach over 600°F and placing them directly on or close to the ground can cause peat to alight.
  • It can take up to 48 hours for the ashes/embers from a disposable barbecue to cool down completely and even then, disturbing the ashes can introduce oxygen and reignite smouldering charcoal. Embers can travel for up to a mile dependent on wind speed.
  • ‘Forest Friendly’ branded disposable barbecues are not forest friendly – the term means you are burning coconut shells instead of charcoal.

Get involved

We still need your help. Please ask your local store to stop selling disposable BBQs and to display the poster shown below. If you’re a retailer, please let us know you’re supporting our campaign by emailing, and we’ll add your name to the list.

Campaign news

3 MAY 2023: Theresa Villiers MP debate in the House of Commons:  ‘…let us go a step further and ban disposable barbecues as well. They are a fire hazard and can cause injury. It is truly appalling that people simply leave them behind after a day out, and tragic that they are left on some of our most beautiful beaches and our greatest beauty spots. Even a farm in my constituency has had to contend with this problem.’

22 NOVEMBER 2022: Selaine Saxby MP presented a 10 Minute Rule Bill on 22 November 2022 to restrict the use of disposable BBQs.

3 AUGUST 2022: Marks & Spencer announced it will ban the sale of disposable barbecues across all its UK stores to help protect open spaces and reduce the risk of fires. They had already stopped selling disposable barbecues near national parks and in London but given the unusually hot and dry conditions, they took the precautionary step of removing them from sale across the UK.

6 MAY 2022: Second reading scheduled for Disposable BBQs Bill (Private Member’s Bill by Robert Largan, High Peak MP)

9 MARCH 2022: Waitrose first agreed to stop selling disposable barbecues in the New Forest National Park in 2020. They have now announced with Aldi to stop selling disposable BBQs nationally because of their impact on the natural environment and wildlife.

17 NOVEMBER 2021: Motion for leave to bring in a Bill on disposable BBQs

‘That leave be given to bring in a Bill to prohibit the use of disposable barbecues on open moorland;
to give local authorities the power to prohibit the sale of disposable barbecues in their area;
and for connected purposes.’

The New Forest campaign is cited as an example.

13 MAY 2021: Retailers and landowners back ban the BBQ campaign.

15 JUNE 2021: Co-op stops selling disposable barbecues in 130 of its stores that are within or border national parks

20 JULY 2020: Over 50 retailers have removed disposable barbecues from sale in a bid to protect the New Forest National Park from being destroyed by fire.

24 JUNE 2020: After just two weeks,18 stores have already shown support for a BBQ-free New Forest by withdrawing disposable BBQs from sale.

8 JUNE 2020: The New Forest National Park Authority is calling on retailers across the Forest to remove disposable barbecues from sale and for a continued ban on fires and barbecues in the open countryside of the National Park.

BBQ-free stores


Welcome store


Bartley Post Office

Fourway Stores

Dobbies Garden Centre


Bashley Village Stores

Loaders Garage


Fairweather’s Garden Centre


Blackheath Hardware


Shallowmead Nurseries

East Boldre Post Office


Bramshaw Village Store


Gates of Brockenhurst

Premier store

Setley Ridge Farm Shop

Setley Ridge Farm Vineyard & Garden Centre

Streets Ironmongers


Welcome store


Burley Coach House

Shappen Stores


Courtesy filling station / Budgens


Castles of Christchurch Ltd



Dibden, Hythe




Gourmet Grocer

Hockey’s Farm Shop

Hyde Farm Shop


Hordle Garage / Budgens

Co-op Food

Hythe / Dibden / Blackfield

Bailey’s Builders

Blackfield Hardware

J R Hardware

Sargents Butchers


Joyners Paint and Pine LTD



Landford Post Office


Longdown Dairy Farm Shop


Crystals of Lymington


Marks and Spencer

Co-op Food – Petrol



Leisure Fayre



Welcome store



New Milton

Naked Pantry

Nisa Local



Pilley Community Shop




Lockerley Green stores





Best Buy DIY

Sunnyfields Farm





Woodgreen Community Shop

West Wellow

Nisa Local


No BBQs poster


Download our campaign poster

No BBQs poster

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