The following guidelines have been developed as standard by Countryside Rangers, Rights of Way Officers, and members of the geocaching community. They are published in order to ensure that the activity can progress in harmony with the many other interests and legal constraints involved in the countryside:
• Ensure the cache container is clearly marked, stating that the content is harmless and giving the placer's email address or other contact method. Only items that would be deemed safe and acceptable for an unaccompanied child to find should be placed in the cache.
• No cache may be placed in such a way as to risk damage or disturbance to any Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) or Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM). Protect our heritage.
• When placing a cache on a right of way, the onus is on the placer to seek the permission of the landowner.
• No items of food or drink of any kind should be placed in the cache.
• Caches must not be buried, and holes must not be dug in order to place a cache.
• Caches must not be hidden in animal holes or runs.
• Cache containers must not be placed inside a polythene bag.
• Fences should never be crossed when placing or seeking a cache.
• No caches should be of a commercial nature, either in location or content.
• After placing a cache on countryside sites, the site Ranger must be informed to ensure that the cache does not compromise the management of the site.
• Maintenance of the cache is the responsibility of the placer.
• When leaving the cache site, after finding or hiding a cache, there must be no visual sign of disturbance.
• For reasons of safety and security, Ringwood Town Council discourages geocaching on its land during the hours of darkness.
• Please do not bring geocaching into disrepute, never drive your car anywhere other than on the highways and byways, and always park sensibly in approved places only.
The land between North Poulner Road, Snails Lane, Gorley Road and High Wood Lane, known as Poulner Lakes.
At this stage, the agreement only includes the land at Poulner Lakes but if any member wishes to set any caches on other Ringwood Town Council land, then they should seek specific permission - LoisInTheForest will be the contact to facilitate this and update the agreement as appropriate.
6th Jul 2016.
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