Sky lanterns and balloon releases

We are aware of the potential threat sky lanterns (also known as Chinese lanterns) can pose to the natural environment. We therefore do not condone their use on any Kent County Council land.

Sky lanterns and balloon releases are becoming an ever more popular way of marking a special event or fundraising. However, both can cause serious harm and death to wildlife through ingestion, entanglement and entrapment. If you are thinking of releasing balloons or sky lanterns for a special occasion, please consider these alternative suggestions:

  • planting a tree
  • stationary candles, nightlights
  • static lanterns or outdoor lights
  • bunting
  • flags, banners, streamers and ribbons.