Changes to the law affecting heather and grass burning in England were introduced on 1 October 2008. The Heather and Grass Burning Regulations were updated to cover the basic legal requirements that burners should meet. The new Regulations aim to cut red-tape for burners whilst introducing new protection for carbon rich soils.
An updated Heather and Grass Burning Code, developed in consultation with experts from farming and game shooting organisations, has also been launched. The Code aims to describe a standard of good practice and raise awareness of the new laws, helping burners to burn safely and in ways which can benefit wildlife. Best Practice Guides, offering specific advice in more detail than the Code, have also been produced.
For help with licences, contact your local regional office.
Heather and grass burning (Defra)
Heather and grass burning (Business Link)