Laser Clay Pigeon Shoot marks a first for Royal Cornwall Show

The Royal Cornwall Show will this year play host to laser clay pigeon shooting as a new hi-tech green alternative to the traditional sport, which allows people of all ages to enjoy the thrill of a favourite country pursuit.

The Tregony-based business, greenleisure.co.uk , has secured Objective One funding in a bid to bring extra visitors to Cornish farms and tourist attractions with the help of a laser-firing clay pigeon shoot.

The private firm aims to attract new participants into the traditional country sport of clay pigeon shooting - as well as making it safer and more environmentally friendly. The mobile system is currently committed to a busy programme operating at some of the county’s leading hotels and holiday parks, as well as appearing on a regular basis at one of Cornwall’s leading farm attractions at Penhallow.

A spokesman for the firm said: "The system is environmentally friendly because we use reusable plastic clays and the infra-red beams produce no waste. Even the sound is totally controllable, which means that whether the sport is played in town or country, it is always compatible with the surroundings. And as there is no recoil, even children can have a go, without any danger to themselves, other participants or spectators.

"In addition to a full programme at tourist venues, we are delighted to have the opportunity to appear at the Royal Cornwall Show. Last week (August 18), the system was also featured at a Friends of Churchtown Farm’s Cornish Fair event, where funds were being raised for the specialist disabled centre.

"As the operation is fully mobile we can take it to farm venues all over Cornwall, offering Cornish farmers with a useful opportunity to earn extra income from their land. And as the activity has a considerable appeal for the corporate market, we also hope to play our part in encouraging more visitors to Cornwall out of the main tourist season."

Because of its potential for providing additional income for farmers, the project, which is worth a total of nearly £36,000, has been approved through the Objective One Programme for a European grant of almost £9,000, with the same sum being provided by DEFRA.


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Picture available from Colin Higgs, contact 01566 773042, mobile 07711 843575


Jason Clark
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