We have actually had a drop of Summer here for the last while.
While sunshine is nice it does mean I have no excuse not to do a wee bit of gardening.
I have been doing a spot of light trimming, involving a chainsaw, pruning saw and a lot of sweat. Naturally, this means I have a small pile of branches that I have added to the existing heap of rotting branches, tree trunks and other assorted trimmings that takes up a quare area of the woodland.
I have been doing a spot of research into ways and means of getting rid of this pile. I could hire an industrial wood-muncher and convert the lot into chippings but not only would that be expensive but I doubt the machine could be dragged far enough into the woods to reach the pile. So that just leaves burning.
From my understanding of their regulations, it is against the law to burn wood or paper in the garden. It is against the law to use an incinerator or any other form of barrel, open fire, range or any other solid fuel appliance either indoors or out, whether or not it has a chimney.
It is legal however to have a wood burner [highly desirable these days I believe, because they use a renewable resource?], kitchen range, barbecue, chimena or even an open fire in the sitting room.
So by my understanding of the law, you can have a wood burner but only if you buy wood for it. If you decide to use your own wood you are technically "disposing of garden waste" and therefore committing a mortal sin.
If I buy logs for my wood burner I am being "eco friendly" because I am using a renewable resource and am doing my bit to save the planet. If I use my own logs I am producing dioxins, carbon monoxide and deadly carcinogens that are going to kill everyone in the parish, open the ozone hole and hasten Warble Gloaming.
If I light a wee fire that scents the air with the beautiful smell of burning wood I am committing a heinous felony, but if I dunk my neighbours into a cloud of burning charcoal and scorching fat [carcinogenic!] I am grand?
I really must start a league table of incredibly stupid laws.