Farm animals at risk as Chinese lantern lands nearby
A few minutes of fun could prove devastating for others, Ashurst farmers have warned after a near disaster last week.
Derek and Vicki Crush, who run Steyning Farmers Market, woke up last Wednesday morning to find a 3ft Chinese lantern had landed close to one of their barns.
“It is very worrying,” said Vicki. “It was only 100 metres from the barn full of hay and straw, where cattle are calfing and sheep are lambing.
“It hadn’t completely burned out. What if it was still alight and the wind blew it just a bit further over?
“We knew nothing about it until the morning.
“Everything there is all right because it landed in the field and the fields are so wet but if it had gone a little bit further, who knows what could have happened.”
Vicki said a couple of minutes of good fun could be devastating and her husband, Derek, wanted people to realise how dangerous Chinese lanterns could be.
The pair own Daylands Farm in Ashurst and also have the vegetables stall at Steyning Farmers Market.
Read the full story in the Steyning Herald (January 10 edition).
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