Chinese sky lanterns have been banned from Newark and Sherwood District Council-owned parks.
Chinese sky lanterns have been banned from Newark and Sherwood District Council-owned parks.

People who release Chinese sky lanterns on land owned by Newark and Sherwood District Council such as parks will be banned from using the area again.

The decorative lanterns, which are usually made from paper with a metal or bamboo frame, rise slowly into the sky.

However concerns have been raised by farmers and the RSPCA about the environmental impact.

It is feared livestock animals have died as a result of eating parts of the lanterns, and a major fire in the West Midlands was potentially caused by one.

Newark and Sherwood District Council plans to stop the use of the lanterns on its parks.

The move was unanimously approved by the leisure and environment committee.

The committee will ask parish and town councils and large venues in the district to ban balloons and sky lanterns from being released on their land.

A district council spokesman said: "The ban is not enforceable by law and will be a condition of use of our parks.

"If someone hires the land or holds a stall in one of our parks they will be told not to release/sell balloons or sky lanterns.

"If they do, they will not be allowed to use the land again."

It is understood the council’s decision was not a result of one specific incident, but a response to broader environmental concerns.