Join our campaign to ban sky lanterns

Sky lanterns might look pretty but they are a serious danger to animals and the countryside. Thank you to everyone that has supported our campaign to seek a national ban.

Sky lanterns are essentially a small hot air balloon made of paper, with an opening at the bottom where a candle is suspended and can float for miles before they fall to the ground.

Every year up to 200,000 sky lanterns are released in the UK. These “floating flames” are highly dangerous.

They can:

  • Start wildfires
  • Kill animals
  • Destroy food growing in fields
  • Set homes and buildings alight

And the litter they leave in their wake is a blight on our beautiful countryside.

That’s why action is needed now.

Sign our petition for a total ban on sky lanterns.

Sign the petition

Our campaign journey so far

In 2019, the NFU launched a campaign to urge people to email their council to ban sky lanterns on land it owns. To date 200 councils out of 333 have banned them in England and Wales. Find out if your council has banned sky lanterns.

Then in 2021, the NFU, alongside 17 leading farming, environment, animal and fire organisations including the RSPCA and National Fire Chiefs Council, wrote to to Rebecca Pow MP, Under Secretary of State for Defra to highlight the danger of sky lanterns.

The coalition then met with the then Environment Minister, Jo Churchill MP. She committed to commission further research into the risks of sky lanterns.

In May 2022, our petition launched calling for support for a total ban on the sale and use of sky lanterns in England and Wales.

In November 2022, we wrote to then Environment Minister, Trudy Harrison MP, to ask for a national ban on sky lanterns. In a positive step forward, Defra has now commissioned further research into sky lanterns and their impact to clarify the case for a total ban. 

In January 2023, our petition reached more than 100,000 signatures as more members of the public became concerned with the harmful impact of sky lanterns. 100,000 signatures is recognised by Parliament as a significant milestone. We would like to thank everyone who has lent their support to our campaign to ban sky lanterns for their role in protecting the British countryside. 

In November 2023, we wrote to Defra again, calling for the research findings to be shared given the ongoing support from the public calling for a ban

Our petition remains open and we would encourage people to continue letting Defra know their concerns about the harms of sky lanterns by adding their signature. 

Email your council

If your local council isn't already supporting the ban there are things that you can do to help.

Join us in our call for a complete ban on the release of sky lanterns.

Email your local council now.

Take action now

Which councils have banned sky lanterns?

A number of councils have backed the campaign and banned the release of sky lanterns on council owned land. If you know that your local council has implemented a ban, but isn't on a list, please let us know by dropping our campaigns team an email.

  • Bradford City Council
  • Calderdale Borough Council
  • Durham County Council 
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council
  • Hartlepool Borough Council
  • Gateshead Council 
  • Kirklees Borough Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • Newcastle City Council 
  • North Yorkshire County Council
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Redcar & Cleveland Council
  • Richmondshire District Council
  • Selby District Council
  • South Tyneside Borough Council
  • Sunderland City Council 
  • Wakefield City Council
  • City of Doncaster Council
  • Bolton Borough Council
  • Carlisle City Council
  • Cheshire East Council
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Eden District Council
  • Fylde Borough Council
  • Halton Borough Council
  • Lancaster City Council
  • Manchester County Council
  • Oldham Borough Council
  • Preston City Council
  • Rochdale Borough Council
  • Salford City Council
  • Sefton Council 
  • South Lakeland District Council
  • South Ribble Borough Council 
  • Stockport Borough Council
  • Tameside Borough Council
  • Trafford Borough Council
  • Wigan Borough Council
  • Wirral Borough Council
  • Wyre Borough Council
  • Anglesey (Ynys Môn)
  • Blaenau Gwent 
  • Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)
  • Caerphilly (Caerffili)
  • Cardiff (Caerdydd)
  • Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)
  • Ceredigion
  • Conwy 
  • Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)
  • Flintshire (Sir y Fflint)
  • Gwynedd
  • Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tudful)
  • Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)
  • Neath Port Talbot (Castell-nedd Port Talbot)
  • Newport (Casnewydd)
  • Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)
  • Powys
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf 
  • Swansea (Abertawe)
  • Torfaen (Tor-faen)
  • Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg)
  • Wrexham (Wrecsam)
  • Birmingham City Council
  • Bromsgrove District Council
  • Dudley Borough Council
  • Herefordshire Council
  • Malvern Hills District Council
  • Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council
  • Sandwell Borough Council
  • Shropshire Council
  • Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Staffordshire Borough Council
  • Staffordshire County Council
  • Staffordshire Moorlands District Council
  • Telford and Wrekin Council
  • Warwickshire County Council
  • Warwick District Council
  • Wolverhampton City Council
  • Worcester City Council
  • Worcestershire County Council
  • Wychavon District Council
  • Wyre Forest District Council
  • Amber Valley Borough Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council
  • Corby Borough Council
  • Derbyshire Dales District Council
  • Gedling Borough Council
  • High Peak Borough Council
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Leicester City Council
  • Lincoln City Council
  • Newark & Sherwood District Council
  • North East Derbyshire District Council
  • Nottinghamshire County Council
  • Rushcliffe Borough Council
  • Rutland County Council
  • South Holland District Council
  • South Kesteven District Council
  • West Lindsey District Council
  • Babergh District Council
  • Basildon Borough Council
  • Braintree District Council
  • Breckland District Council
  • Broadland District Council
  • Broxbourne Council
  • Colchester Borough Council
  • Dacorum Borough Council
  • East Suffolk District Council
  • East Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Essex County Council
  • Fenland District Council
  • Great Yarmouth Borough Council
  • Hertfordshire County Council
  • Ipswich Borough Council
  • Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council
  • Maldon District Council
  • Mid Suffolk District Council
  • Norfolk County Council
  • North Hertfordshire District Council
  • North Norfolk District Council
  • Norwich City Council
  • Rochford District Council
  • South Norfolk County Council
  • Suffolk Coastal District Council
  • Suffolk County Council
  • Tendring District Council
  • Three Rivers District Council
  • Uttlesford District Council
  • Arun District Council
  • Bracknell Forest Borough Council
  • Brighton and Hove District Council
  • Canterbury City Council
  • Chelmsford City Council
  • Chesham Town Council
  • Chichester District Council
  • Crawley Borough Council
  • Dover District Council
  • Ealing
  • Eastleigh Borough Council
  • Gosport Borough Council
  • Hampshire County Council
  • Harrow Borough Council
  • Hastings Borough Council
  • Ipswich Borough Council
  • Isle of Wight Council
  • Lambeth
  • Lewes District Council
  • Lewisham
  • Maidstone Borough Council
  • Merton
  • Mid Sussex District Council
  • Milton Keynes Council
  • Oxford City Council
  • Portsmouth City Council
  • Reading Borough Council
  • Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
  • Redbridge
  • Rother District Council
  • South Oxfordshire District Council
  • Sutton
  • Swale Borough Council
  • Test Valley Borough Council
  • Tendring Council
  • Thanet District Council
  • Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council
  • Vale of White Horse District Council
  • Wandsworth
  • Waverley Borough Council
  • West Berkshire Council
  • West Oxfordshire District Council
  • Winchester City Council
  • Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council
  • Woking Borough Council
  • Wycombe District Council
  • Bath and North East Somerset Council 
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
  • Bristol City Council
  • Bude & Stratton Town Council
  • Cheltenham Borough Council
  • Cornwall Council
  • Devon County Council 
  • East Devon District Council
  • Folkestone & Hythe District Council
  • Forest of Dean District Council
  • Gloucester City Council
  • Isles of Scilly
  • Mid Devon District Council
  • New Forest District Council
  • North Somerset Council
  • Plymouth City Council
  • Sedgemoor District Council
  • Somerset West and Taunton Council
  • South Gloucestershire Council
  • South Hams District Council
  • Swindon Borough Council
  • Teignbridge District Council
  • Tewkesbury Borough Council 
  • Torbay Council
  • West Devon Borough Council
  • Wiltshire Council

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