Some months ago I contacted Scottish Borders Council to request permission to place a cache on land that they own in Galashiels. The area is currently used for recreational purposes and there's a golf course occupying part of it. It is freely accessible to the public and there are a number of waymarked trails crossing it.

There have been various hoops to leap through - as you might expect - but I was finally given the OK and the cache is now in place.

I think it's fair to say that the officials involved at SBC hadn't come across geocaching before so it was new territory for them and, naturally enough, they wanted to be a tad cautious. They have been reasonably supportive of the principle and, in this instance at least, have been happy to see it go ahead.

I'm hoping, of course, that it won't lead to any problems, though I have absolutely no reason to suppose that it will.

Thought I'd mention it in case anyone else is thinking of going down a similar route.