Kirklees Council wants to remind the public that barbecues are banned at Castle Hill.

As temperatures soar across Huddersfield, the council has issued a reminder that Public Space Protection Orders are in force on all public spaces including land owned by Kirklees Council, Yorkshire Water and the National Trust.

That means anyone having a barbecue or lighting a fire could be issued with a fixed penalty of £150.

Also banned under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 are fireworks and the release of sky lanterns.

A council spokesman said: “The prolonged dry weather and the use of barbecues has the potential to do untold damage to our cherished landmark, endanger life and destroy biodiversity.”

Falling water levels and parched land at Digley Reservoir. Pic by: SEAN DOYLE

Meanwhile, Castle Hill ranger Julian Brown has organised a summer litter pick to help clean up the landmark site at the end of the school holidays.

The litter pick will take place on Friday August 26 from 10am to 12noon and is open to everyone. All equipment including disposable gloves, sanitiser and litter pickers will be provided.

Clr Naheed Mather, Cabinet member for environment, said: “The recent renewal of our Green Flag award for Castle Hill is testament to our commitment to providing parks and greenspaces that our residents can be proud of, and I would like to thank staff and volunteers for their hard work in keeping this site a haven for wildlife and a beautiful, free place to visit.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the litter pick should contact Julian Brown on 07870 570914 or e-mail