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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 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.

Last year 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.

The New Forest has now been declared a complete no BBQ and fire zone. BBQs, camping stoves or anything with a naked flame 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 being installed at Forestry England car parks and information points.

Following our plea, 50 shops and outlets in and around the New Forest have taken disposable BBQs off sale. We’re continuing the campaigning in 2021 and will be recruiting additional outlets this year to support a BBQ-free New Forest. 

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’ disposable barbecues are not as forest friendly as they appear – 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

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

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





Gourmet Grocer

Hockey’s Farm Shop

Hyde Farm Shop


Hordle Garage / Budgens

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



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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