Public consultation on upland burning extended to the end of the month

The Government has extended the public consultation period on upland burning until January 31st.

The draft regulations under the Heritage Act  seek to extend the burning of vegetation by one month until the end of March.

The consultation process was launched on December 21st by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and was due to end on the 18th of January.

However, following lobbying by environmental groups to extend the time to allow for the Christmas holiday period, people now have until the end of the month to give their opinion on the department’s website.

Elaine McGoff of An Taisce says March burnings would be a disaster for biodiversity.