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RE: Paintballing in protected woodland

Subject: RE: Paintballing in protected woodland
From: Alastair Durkin
Date: Jan 09 2014 12:09:00
My experience is that it completely destroys every bit of ground level flora 
and compacts the soil around the trees. I would avoid completely if the 
woodland is at all important.

Alastair Durkin
Senior Tree Officer
Planning Policy & Trees

Tandridge District Council
The Council Offices
Station Road East
Oxted, Surrey
RH8 0BT

Tel: 01883 XXXXXX
Fax: 01883 XXXXXX

adurkin@xxxxxxxxxx.gov.uk
www.tandridge.gov.uk
-----Original Message-----
From: SKeenan [mailto:simon_keenan@xxxxxxxxxxx.co.uk]
Sent: 09 January 2014 09:40
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Paintballing in protected woodland

Morning all, I wondered if anyone had experience of the above. The woodland 
in question is mature broadleaved protected with a long standing woodland 
TPO. Proposals are to to use if for paintballing.
If it was mono species coniferous I'd say crack on but as its not....
concerns would obviously be centred around impact on regenerative properties 
of woodland through excessive use etc.

Jumping the gun a bit and before a robust arb impact assessment has been 
undertaken or submitted, but would putting time of year limits on usage be 
appropriate for instance? Maybe restricting use to one part of woodland and 
rotating this in subsequent years?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

All the best, Simon




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