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Statement on behalf of the Minister for Agriculture Food & Marine, Michael Creed TD on recent Gorse Fires


Minister for Agriculture Food & Marine, Michael Creed TD and Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD wish to remind landowners and the public that it is an offence under Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, 1976 (amended by Section 46 of the Wildlife Act, 2000) to burn, from 1st March to 31st August in any year, any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated. Individuals who are found to burn vegetation within that prohibited period are liable to prosecution by An Garda Síochána or by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Commenting on the recent incidence of gorse fires throughout the Country, Minister Creed said; “The Department of Agriculture has issued a number of Fire Danger Notices to the forestry sector since the beginning of March, including elevating the risk to ‘Red’ on 2 May, in advance of the recent spate of fires.  These fires are monitored through a combination of EU Copernicus and US NASA data streams which have detected over 50 illegal fire locations using satellite data up to 21 April 2017. An indication of the scale of the problem is that this number represents just under half of the total is known fire locations to that date. 

“My Department operates a Basic Payment Scheme and other area-based schemes wherein applicants are obliged to comply with Cross Compliance, including requirements in relation to the burning of vegetation. I would like to remind farmers that where land has been burned, it is not generally eligible for Basic Payment*. This is clearly stated in my Departments literature on land eligibility issued to farmers”

Minister Humphreys added; “Deliberate or uncontrolled fires can destroy habitats, wildlife, farmland and farm structures and can threaten homes and lives. There is a huge cost to this reckless behavior not just to physical property, but also the cost of disruption to normal emergency services operations. 

“The Government will continue to work closely with the emergency services, local authorities, An Garda Síochána and the National Parks and Wildlife Service, as well as with farm organizations and the forestry industry itself to try to address the problem of uncontrolled fires and will act on any incidents cross-reported to it, as appropriate. 

“I would urge all forest owners, farmers, rural dwellers and other countryside users to be vigilant to the threat of fire, to report any suspicious activity to An Garda Síochána, and to report any uncontrolled or unattended fires immediately to the Fire and Emergency Services via 112/999 service”.

Source: HortiTrends News Room

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11 September 2017 - 13 September 2017

The NEC @ North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT, UK

Glee Birmingham 2017

Join us at Glee 2017 to see the launch of hundreds of new products, discover the future customer buying trends and seize the opportunity to meet over 500 suppliers!

At Glee we bring the most exciting exhibitors together with the most powerful and influential visitors and buyers in the industry. Spread across 8 select show sectors Glee offers three jam-packed days of networking, selling and purchasing which are not to be missed. Whilst discovering the latest in innovative products, you can also meet hundreds of new and existing suppliers all under one roof. Taking place at the perfect time of year to re-stock your shelves just before Christmas, Glee is the most crucial garden trade event in any retailer’s calendar.

Offering thousands of the newest and most inspirational garden retail products from over 550+ suppliers, Glee welcomes all kinds of exhibitors from across 8 carefully edited show sectors. If you have your own brand, garden centre, shop or make or grow your own products, we have a spot just for you. With visitors from multiples, independents and online retailers, it’s the perfect opportunity to launch and showcase your product collections, nurture your existing relationships and grow new ones.

Date, Time & Location
11 to 13 September 2017

The NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

Mon 11 Sept - 9:00 - 18:00
Tues 12 Sept - 9:00 - 18:00
Wed 13 Sept - 9:00 - 16:00