On this blog recently there were lively comments on wood collecting rights on common land for use in fires at home.
Well, fires in homes are to be banned here in the UK.
One whiff of a smoking home will have serious consequences to air pollution it seems. Smoking of any kind is banned!
“Owners of wood burners, stoves and open fires will no longer be able to buy coal or wet wood to burn in them, under a ban to be rolled out from next year. Sales of the two most polluting fuels will be phased out in England to help cut air pollution, the government says.” (EDIT. Wood burners and fireplaces are not to be banned, only the type of fuels burned in them.)
So, up here in the wild North West, where the fells run on for miles of lonely land dotted with the occasional farmhouse, inn or tiny village, there will be NO SMOKING.
There are huge areas of common land and protected forests. And poachers. And agars. And homes heated by them.
There is nothing more uplifting up here in this place than arriving somewhere on a cold winter day, and finding the fire crackling in the grate. It’s a basic human delight.
But our grandchildren will grow up never knowing the pleasure that a fire in a dwelling brings. (EDIT. This is not true. They might see dry wood fires, or kindling fires)
Yup, it’s true. No fires. (EDIT. This is not true. It is the use of coal and wet wood that will be banned……)
But we will probably still have the disgustingly extravagant firework display in London at New Year. (EDIT. True.)
Take the mote out of your own eye, London, before you poke your finger into ours, here in the fresh air of the North.