Sky lanterns

We're aware of the potential threat sky lanterns can pose to the natural environment. Sky lanterns are also known as Chinese lanterns.

We do not condone their use on any Brighton & Hove City 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.

Alternatives to sky lanterns and balloon releases

If you're thinking of releasing balloons or sky lanterns for a special occasion, please consider one of the alternative suggestions below

  • a contribution to a local charity
  • stationary candles or night lights
  • static lanterns or outdoor lights
  • flags, banners, streamers or ribbons