This is distinct from green laning, which very definitely should be non-damaging.
Off-road driving can be non-damaging... or you can arrange use of land which you can chew up -- either commercially, in a pay-and-play setup, or, for example, the time a farmer let the local club play in a field he was about to have mole-drained -- and it needed it!
Here my Land-Rover is thoroughly stuck in soft earth. It took about an hour to winch out (fortunately my winch is driven from the gearbox, none of these electrical toys for me), a distance of 37 yards, and it took the winch cable doubled back over a snatch block, as the 3500lb pull of the winch wasn't enough by itself. After I was out, the organizer told me he had got a 130hp tractor stuck near there a few days earlier -- and it had rained since then!
|John C. G. Sturdy||Last modified: Sun Jun 10 22:10:12 GMT Daylight Time 2007|