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Join our campaign to ban sky lanterns

Join our campaign to ban sky lanterns

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Get involved and support our call for an outright ban on the sale of sky lanterns and help protect the great British countryside.  

By tweeting your local council, you will be helping raise the concern over sky lanterns, and encourage more councils to implement a ban.

Click here to find out if your local council has banned sky lanterns

We have made it easy for you to tweet your local council. If you are not sure who your local council are, you can find out here.

All you need to do is:

  1. Copy and paste one of the below tweets
  2. Save one of the below images
  3. Open Twitter
  4. Insert name of your council
  5. Don't forget to tag @NFUTweets

Sample tweets

[email protected] Sky lanterns can be devastating for British farmers. #BackBritishFarming with an outright ban @NFUTweets

[email protected] Sky lanterns are a risk to livestock & other animals. Please #BackBritishFarming by banning them in our area @NFUTweets

[email protected] Sky lanterns pose a danger to both livestock and property. Please consider banning these immediately @NFUTweets

Sample images

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Download our sky lanterns poster and share on social media or display on your local community noticeboard.

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  • Posted by: Andrea ElstobPosted on: 29/10/2017 11:01:08

    Comment: I think sky lantern should be banned
  • Posted by: SANDRA GEARINGPosted on: 29/10/2017 12:39:38

    Comment: these lanterns are so dangerous should be banned everywhere, they have caused massive barn fires with loss of animals and of winter feed. also caused serious loss of life in animals sheep have been burnt alive, also horses my friends had such serious burns to its body had to be put to sleep after they spent weeks trying to save him from his horrific burns Sandra Gearing
  • Posted by: Dinah BishopPosted on: 29/10/2017 19:00:13

    Comment: I can't understand why all councils haven't banned them! It is obvious what goes up must come down - so why allow floating fires to be sent up into the sky!
  • Posted by: Diane OliverPosted on: 02/11/2017 17:18:40

    Comment: Definitely needs to be banned very dangerous so are balloons
  • Posted by: gloria percyPosted on: 21/10/2018 14:01:56

    Comment: Should be BANNED immediately as they are a real danger to farm animals and wildlife. They are atrocious.
  • Posted by: Carole WattsPosted on: 21/10/2018 14:40:13

    Comment: I would support NFU 's call for a ban on sky lanterns
  • Posted by: Felicity CorryPosted on: 03/11/2017 21:18:02

    Comment: 6 sky lanterns fell within a few feet of the entrance door to my hay barn on New Year's Eve a few years ago. I took the lanterns to my M.P.'s office with an accompaning letter and I received no responce. After six months I asked a friend who went canvasing with the M.P. to tell him I wanted some action regarding Sky Lanterns. Eventually I received a letter saying that Health and Safety had looked into the matter and they were not considered to be a threat to public safety written on House of Commons so called headed paper. I also pick up every year many party ballons. These may give great momentry enjoyment to those who let them off, but nobody ever thinks about where they might land and the plastic polution they cause to the countyside or sea, and the misery to any animal that might eat them.
  • Posted by: Duncan HuttPosted on: 14/11/2017 21:08:44

    Comment: While I fully agree with this I am a little disappointed that you didn't widen it a little to include balloon releases which also cause dangers to livestock and wildlife.
  • Posted by: David PondPosted on: 29/11/2017 19:29:34

    Comment: Normal, decent people don't throw rubbish down in the street so why would anyone let it float off in to the sky with added fire and a bit of metal for animals to choke on?
  • Posted by: David JaffreyPosted on: 29/11/2017 22:00:43

    Comment: I can remember, many moons ago, seeing the first set of sky lanterns disappearing into the sky. I couldn't believe the stupidity of it. It seemed obvious to me that a fire source floating with no control is akin to the approach from a fire-bug (arsonist). Unbelievable, and they have been legal too!!!
  • Posted by: carolyn brownPosted on: 30/11/2017 09:01:26

    Comment: please get these banned they are dangerous
  • Posted by: Cath Hill-FreemanPosted on: 30/11/2017 10:11:44

    Comment: I’m not on Twitter but would sign a petition by other means
  • Posted by: Annette RussettPosted on: 30/11/2017 13:51:55

    Comment: We have known for years they are a risk to animals, I cannot understand why they were not banned long ago. The people who use them selfish, and uncaring to put it mildly.
  • Posted by: Sherry Reeves EllisPosted on: 30/11/2017 14:57:25

    Comment: They are trulely a danger to livestock and property and should be banned as they are of no use or perpose to man or beast.
  • Posted by: David BealePosted on: 30/11/2017 17:17:21

    Comment: Should be a countrywide ban
  • Posted by: Alexander Upsall BarwickPosted on: 14/02/2018 22:13:25

    Comment: Absolutely ridiculous allowing having fire in the sky especially when you don't know where they are going to land. Animals are put at risk and fires in the country are dangerous as lives could be lost as a result of them coming down anywhere. I am speaking as a retired Fire fighter, imagine one coming down on a thatched cottage, or a barn full of hay or straw or sleeping animals. GOT TO BE BANNED!!!!!
  • Posted by: Lynne Harvey Posted on: 15/02/2018 09:10:32

    Comment: The danger of sky lanterns has been well documented, anyone using these things will be aware of the dangers they pose. Why would anyone do that? They really need to be banned completely.
  • Posted by: LYNNE PARKPosted on: 15/02/2018 10:59:20

    Comment: Ban these dangerous unneccessary items, think of the damage they do!!!!!!!
  • Posted by: michaela HoultPosted on: 15/02/2018 13:00:10

    Comment: sky lanterns are cheap to buy get in the wrong hands cause very harmful damage to the enviroment including livestock costing taxpayers millions in emergency services and insurance payouts etc to farmers etc please ban them in uk.
  • Posted by: sharon sellersPosted on: 15/02/2018 16:20:30

    Comment: Ban the sky lanterns they are a real danger to farms with hay and straw, to livestock and wildlife
  • Posted by: Melanie BrooksPosted on: 20/10/2018 18:49:31

    Comment: Please babergh district council can you please ban the release of lanterns in our county due to risks in livestock please
  • Posted by: Elizabeth JohnstonPosted on: 21/10/2018 10:27:56

    Comment: Having lived in Asia I appreciate that sky lanterns look beautiful and that it is part of their culture to release them at the Mid Autumn Festival. They also cause fires, I feel that they should be banned, we can not control the wind and it is irresponsible to continue to sell them. Fire isn’t fun, it destroys and kills!
  • Posted by: Kim AtkinsonPosted on: 21/10/2018 12:54:58

    Comment: I see from the Council list that SEVENOAKS COUNCIL hasn't bothered to ban these wretched and dangerous lanterns! Its about time they looked at the situation for our local farmers and land owners and put an outright ban on them!
  • Posted by: ShelleyPosted on: 21/10/2018 13:19:32

    Comment: Total ban sky lanterns and such things as balloon releases. It's basically glorified littering that can cause harm.
  • Posted by: Rebecca de smetPosted on: 21/10/2018 17:47:29

    Comment: So dangerous..... BAN THEM!!
  • Posted by: susan clarkePosted on: 21/10/2018 18:10:44

    Comment: Always said these lanterns were if we can ban them...all good !!
  • Posted by: Denise smithPosted on: 21/10/2018 21:00:48

    Comment: I want these lanterns banned. Wales have and other countries have seen the enormous cost to our animals and humans
  • Posted by: Arlene Hansen Posted on: 21/10/2018 21:24:47

    Comment: These lanterns are a danger to our wildlife and to our farmers animals, it’s about time these lanterns were made illegal.
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