Don't use Chinese lanterns

Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston is backing NFU Scotland’s condemnation of plans for a mass release of Chinese lanterns this weekend.

Mr Halcro Johnston said: “My region suffered from several devastating wildfires last year.

“Those fires burnt thousands of acres of moorland and, without the prompt intervention of the fire service, local farmers and gamekeepers, could have led to the destruction of many properties.

“We cannot risk a repetition of those fires which are made more likely by the fact that ground conditions are tinder-dry after a prolonged period of dry and windy weather.

“People planning to release Chinese lanterns must think again and find another way to show their appreciation of our frontline services; one which doesn’t risk starting fires, endangering lives and property, and which only puts pressure on our emergency services”