Chapter thirteen

Water-bound hard porous pitches

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13.1 Function

The hard porous pitch is a non-grass surface rafted on a drained, gravel base. The surface functions very like the smooth, water-bound sand that forms continuously renewable surfaces for play on our beaches, between tide levels.

This type of pitch does not provide the best surface for sport but it is an option that should be considered when grass cannot cope and a synthetic alternative threatens to be far too expensive. It can be a useful workhorse provided it is sensibly constructed and adequately maintained.

Unlike the expensive, wholly synthetic pitches, hard porous pitches ...

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