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    The GAGB is delighted to announce permission to place geocaches in the New Forest. After negotiations just short of a full year, the New Forest Forestry Commission has agreed an annual permission which will allow up to 100 physical caches within the New Forest boundaries.

    A number of common sense rules must be applied to any cache placed in the New Forest. In general, these rules are the usual GAGB guidelines and New Forest by-laws. In addition, caches must be Tupperware and a maximum of 3L in size.

    In addition, the cache placer must accept the terms of the agreement and each cache page must link to the full agreement on the GAGB website with a statement of the nature:
    “This cache is located within the New Forest. The rules specified here http://www.gagb.org.uk/glad/agreement_view.php?p=1 must be applied by any cacher hunting this cache and by hunting this cache you have accepted these conditions. These rules have been applied in the placement of this cache and the cache owner remains responsible for the cache as specified”.

    This permission was achieved after working through a number of difficult issues, some related to the particularly sensitive nature of the New Forest area, and some which required the development of mutual understanding. We are pleased to say that this process yielded not only the permission but a good mutual understanding and trust.

    The terms of the Agreement have taken considerable work by all parties and we recognise that they may not be to everyone’s liking. However, these were the best solution to the issues raised and must be applied if you wish to go caching in the New Forest. It is essential that these rules are applied to ensure annual renewal of the permission and we request the cooperation of all cachers to achieve this.


    In order to celebrate the New Forest permission, GAGB has placed the first cache in the New Forest with formal permission. This will go live shortly.


    Through the efforts of Teasel, GAGB now has an Agreements Database which will be used to record agreements and which also tracks the numbers of caches within specified boundaries. This can be found here http://www.gagb.org.uk/glad/ Well done, Ian, cool programming!


    Thanks to the entire committee, Lactodorum and Eckington for discussions which developed the ideas in this agreement and in particular to Sarah Tate for supporting face to face meetings.

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    Public access to the Agreements database will be available shortly.

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    The database should have gone live about 15mins after you started this thread. Is anyone having difficulties getting in?

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    Nope, been in and all OK.

    Many thanks to everyone concerned for achieving this agreement, I live near the New Forest and taken an interest in the history of the area, so I am happy with the rules, the NFFC have a job to do and seem to do it OK.

    I notice the two caches that show as real, have been turned virtual to comply with old rules. Wilkinsons amy be able to make them real again!

    Well done

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    Superb work, and EXCELLENT programming work with the maps and agreements pages!

    Thanks VERY much!
    Cheers,
    Stuey
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    Many congratulations and many thanks for the committee's hard work. Looking forward to caching in the New Forest again. Daphne & Colin

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