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Barbecues

You are welcome to have a barbecue in our parks; here are some tips on how to enjoy them safely. If you are planning on having more than 50 people at your barbecue or intend to use a gazebo or play music you will need to apply for a licence. Our EventApp below can help you with this.

We welcome the responsible use of BBQs in all of Islington’s parks and open spaces, which are there for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. Eighty percent of our residents live in flats, most without access to a garden, and we believe all residents should be able to enjoy a barbecue with family or friends.

This policy has been very popular with residents since it was introduced, and particularly during summer months when more people are out enjoying the nicer weather. However, we do ask that people barbecuing in our parks do so safely and show consideration to other park users and local residents.

Below are some guidelines that we ask you to follow:

  • Before starting your barbecue, make sure it is on a stand and not placed directly on the grass.
  • We advise you to use ‘kettle’ type barbecues rather than disposable foil ones – this helps reduce smoke levels.
  • Use your barbecue in the centre of the park - not near homes. 
  • Take some water to put out the barbecue once it’s finished.
  • Make sure barbecues are cool before putting them in the bin. Special barbecue disposal bins are available on Highbury Fields.
  • Dispose of all litter properly, and recycle your rubbish wherever possible.
  • Keep children supervised around the barbecue at all times.

Anti-social behaviour in parks

The council and police take anti-social behaviour in our parks very seriously. We have a dedicated parks patrol service who will deal with any issues they witness, but you can also report incidents to the council 24/7.

In an emergency always call 999.

If you are planning on having more than 50 people at your barbecue or intend to use a gazebo or play music you will need to apply for a licence. Gas canisters are not allowed unless the canister is under 300g. Our EventApp below can help you with this:

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