The owners of a clay pidgeon shooting range have announced the “very difficult” decision to close at the end of the month.

The A1 Shooting Ground, situated between Borehamwood and Arkley, will shut its gates for the last time on July 31.

Claudio and Teresa Capaldo took over the business in 1993, and in a message on their website, say the decision to shut has been made with a “heavy heart”.

They said: “We regret to inform you that the A1 Shooting Ground will be closing its gates forever. Our last day of business will be on Sunday 31 July. After that date, the site of the A1 Shooting Ground will no longer be operating as a clay shooting facility in any form.

“We would like to thank all our customers that have visited us over the years, being with us through all our ups and downs. The A1 Shooting Ground always sought to be a friendly, relaxing, and fun place to visit, and this would never have happened without its brilliant customers.”

The Capaldos also paid tribute to all of the employees who have worked at the shooting ground over the years, saying: “Without their fantastic help, the A1 shooting Ground would not have reached its current level of success.”

Borehamwood Times: The red marker is where the A1 Shooting Ground is located. Credit: Google MapsThe red marker is where the A1 Shooting Ground is located. Credit: Google Maps

They continued: “When we first took over the business as The Regent Shooting Ground in 1993, all we had was a single bull trap in a field and a handful of customers, but we had a vision to build a successful clay shooting facility.

“We are proud of the business we built up over the years, seeing it flourish as numbers grew, working hard every day to improve the quality of our facilities and services.”

The owners added: “The decision to close has been a very difficult one, but we feel it was the right time to do so with continuous property development in the surrounding area placing increasing pressures on our operations.

“It is with a heavy heart we make this announcement, and we hope our loyal customers and staff can understand our decision.”