The NFU is urging the general public not to release sky lanterns on New Year’s Eve as they pose dangers to livestock, farm buildings as well as the environment.
Importantly, the union’s campaign has so far resulted in over 170 councils across England and Wales prohibiting the sky lanterns’ release on council property.
“To put it bluntly, any sky lantern sent up to celebrate the New Year could ruin a farmer’s 2021 before it has barely begun. The NFU has heard from many farmers about the devastating impact sky lanterns can have, from causing distressing injuries to livestock who may ingest the debris, to loss of entire buildings,” NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts said.
It has already received support both from the general public and organisations such as the National Fire Chiefs Council. However, there are more than 180 councils which are yet to ban them.