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Updated 03/07/20 - General Covid-19 Updates

Localised Lockdowns - England

The UK Reviewing Team have been discussing the recent localised lockdown of Leicester and what this could potentially mean to cache publication in Leicester and other cities and counties within where localised lockdowns may occur. Following this discussion the Review Team recognise that localised lockdowns may become a common occurence as the virus flares up in certain areas. The Reviewers have agreed that stopping cache publication in an area that is in lockdown could cause further problems, as people would leave the area to find caches outside the zone. To prevent that happening we would potentially have to enforce a 50 mile cache publication ban around a lockdown area.

The UK Review Team believe that Geocachers will respect any localised lockdown and take responsibility for their own actions and behaviours by not going to an area that is locked down for caching and that those cachers within the lockdown area will respect only essential travel to be made and not leave the lockdown area. This is the spirit of the guidelines for lockdown, which we hope everyone will follow to prevent the spread of the virus. Should a National Lockdown be required in the future then new cache publication may stop again. The above advice is under constant review by the UK Team and applies to England only.

Wales - Cache Publication - Confirmation - No Events or CITOs

The Welsh Governement have confirmed today that they will be lifiting the 5 mile travel restriction from Monday 6th July 2020. As a result of this we are pleased to advise that the publishing of caches with the exception of Events and CITOs can resume in Wales from Monday 6th July.

Scotland - Cache Publication - Update - No Events or CITOS

A recent outbreak of the Virus in Annan/Dumfries area and as a result that part of Scotland will continue to be restricted to 5 miles travel restrictions. As a result of this caches will not be published in the Annan/Dumfries until that area has the restrictions lifted. For the rest of Scotland the limit of travel distance for leisure will continue to be lifted. Caches can be submitted from the 3rd July 2020, and publishing will resume on Monday 6th July 2020.

Updated 26/06/20 - Scotland, Wales and England Updates

Scotland - Cache Publication - No Events or CITOs

With the announcement from the Scottish Government that the travel distance limit for leisure will be lifted on Fri 3rd July 2020, we are pleased to advise that the publishing of caches with the exception of Events and CITOs can resume in Scotland. Caches can be submitted from the 3rd July 2020, and publishing will resume on Monday 6th July 2020.

Wales - Cache Publication - No Events or CITOs

The Welsh Government has also confirmed that the 5 mile travel restrictions will be lifted on Monday 6th July 2020 subject to the Virus remaining under control. As a result of this we are pleased to advise that the publishing of caches with the exception of Events and CITOs can resume in Wales from Monday 6th July. The Welsh Government have said that they will fully confirm the easements a couple of days beforehand. As a result, please only submit caches from Monday 6th July incase the Welsh Government make a last minute change.

England - No Event and CITO Publication

In England, caches have been published with the exception of Events and CITOS for the last few weeks. The English Government have recently made further easments to the lockdown restrictions with regards to the hospitality industry including the re-opening of the pubs. The UK review team have been looking at these easements and what this could mean for the resumption of Event and CITO publication.

At this current time the restriction remains that the maximum size of group gatherings is 6 people from different households. There will also be restrictions on the hospitality industry, where already some pubs are restricting tables to a maximum of 6 people from different households as well as all the other restrictions that public houses are putting in place to maintain social distance. Bad weather would also affect Pubs and limit the number off people if people had to go inside to avoid the bad weather.

Taking all the above into consideration, the UK Review Team believe that there is no possibility that any Geocaching Event or CITO could take place with the current restrictions in place. As a result Events and CITOs will not be published.

Scotland, Wales and England - Event and CITO Retraction and Archival Continuation

The UK Reviewers will continue to archive all events/CITOs happening in a rolling month until such time as social distancing guidelines are relaxed or recinded further as previously announced on the 22nd March 2020.

If you are an Event/CITO host and you wish to cancel your activity - please post an Announcement log (to inform your Will Attends) and then Archive your cache page.

If you are an Event/CITO host and you wish to reschedule your activity - please contact your Reviewer (via their Profile Page) and request your page be Retracted/Unpublished.

This is a very fluid situation and we will continue to monitor the Government Advice. Please continue to check this page for regular updates

Thank You for your support and understanding.

UK Review Team

Updated 19/06/20 - Scotland and Wales Only

The Welsh Assembly and Scottish Government have updated their published guidance on the easement of the Corona Virus Lockdown Restrictions.

Whilst Scotland and Wales move into the next phase of their various roadmaps in loosening restrictions, the "Stay Local" Advice remains. There are still restrictions on how far travel for leisure can take in both countries.

Following discussion with the UK Review Team the Scottish and Welsh Reviewers believe that we don’t currently have enough freedom of movement to restart the publication of caches at this time.

The Scottish and Welsh Reviewers will continue to review the Government Advice and easements out of the lockdown and when there are any changes, we will update you on how this will affect the publication of Geocaches within the two Countries. The next review of restrictions is expected to take place on the 6th July 2020, however this is subject to change.

Thank You for your understanding.

The UK Review Team

Updated 31/05/20 - Scotland and Wales Only

The Welsh Assembly and Scottish Government have recently published their guidance on the easement of the Corona Virus Lockdown restrictions.

As most of you will be aware caches have been published in England for the past couple of weeks however the Scottish Government and Welsh Assembly has a different exit from lockdown strategy. Until the 1st June, Scotland and Wales have been in full lockdown.

Scotland will be in Phase 1 from the 1st June, with the wording of this section "Permitted to travel short distances for outdoor leisure and exercise but advice to stay within a short distance of your local community (broadly within 5 miles) and travel by walk, wheel and cycle where possible."

Wales will be moving to the next phase within the “Red Zone” of the three stage traffic light system from the 1st June. This follows very similar advice to Scotland. The Wales advice is to also “Stay Local” with “two households being able to meet outside in the same local area. The key in this is that travel is only allowed "to work, to seek care or for shopping for essentials if they are not available locally". Travel can be a maximum of 5 miles around the home.”

Following discussion with the UK Review Team the Scottish and Welsh Reviewers believe that we don’t currently have enough freedom of movement to restart the publication of caches at this time.

The Scottish and Welsh Reviewers will continue to review the Government Advice and easements out of the lockdown and when there are any changes, we will update you on how this will affect the publication of Geocaches within the two Countries.

Thank You for your understanding.

The UK Review Team

Updated 13/5/20

Following the updates from the UK Prime Minister and statements from the Welsh and Scottish Government’s the UK Reviewing team has agreed the following :-

For Wales and Scotland no caches or events will be published until further notice, we will continue to monitor Government advice and update this policy as and when the situation changes.

For England we will start publishing caches again from Wednesday 13th May. However given that Social Distancing is still a requirement, Events including CITO’s will still not be published. We will continue to monitor Government policy and if lock down restrictions are reintroduced the publishing of caches in England will be reviewed.

Depending on the number of caches submitted for review it could take longer than normal to review caches, so we ask for understanding if review runs past the target of 7 days.

For Northern Ireland an announcement will be made in the Ireland Geocaching Wiki, which can be found here :- Ireland Region Geocaching Policies.

Updated 10/5/20

The Reviewing Team are currently discussing the advice provided from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland." A further announcement will be made on Wednesday 13th May 2020, following analysis of the detail provided by the various Governments. Until then please do not submit any caches for review.

Updated 16/4/20

The UK Government has today (16th April) announced an extension of 3 weeks to the UK lockdown. As a result of this the UK suspension on publishing new caches (including Events) will be extended until 7th May 2020.

Updated 23/3/20

Suspension on Publishing All New Caches (COVID-19)

The UK is now in lockdown due to the pandemic. The UK reviewing team has decided to stop publishing all new caches until such time as these restrictions have been lifted. Any caches in the queue during the lockdown will be disabled with a note to resubmit when the situation improves.

We will keep a close eye on the situation and post updates here as they occur.

Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,
UK Reviewers

Updated 22/3/2020

Events And CITO's

In response to the ongoing situation & the directives recommending that social distancing be practised to aid in the control of COVID-19, the following has been implemented :-

Events/CITOs will not be Published in UK until further notice.

In consideration of social distancing, the UK Reviewers have decided to archive all events/CITOs happening in a rolling month until such time as social distancing guidelines are rescinded.

If you are an Event/CITO host and you wish to cancel your activity - please post an Announcement log (to inform your Will Attends) and then Archive your cache page.

If you are an Event/CITO host and you wish to reschedule your activity - please contact your Reviewer (via their Profile Page) and request your page be Retracted/Unpublished.

To view Geocaching HQ's blog post regarding COVID-19, Click Here.


Table of Contents

Guidelines and Help

UK Regional Map showing boundaries

Mapping resources
  MAGIC Map and other woodland/nature maps. Google maps. Getting coordinates
Where you need specific permission and where caching may not be allowed
  Protected Land Area Database
   Nature Reserves, SSSI's, archaeological, SAM
  Other Land Area Database
   Schools, Churchyards, Military, Dry Stone Walls etc
  Landowner Agreement Database
   National Trust, Forestry Commission, MOD & various landowners

Hosting a Geocaching Event in the UK

Why your cache may not be published
Proximity, sensitive location, no permission, unsuitable container
How do I go about getting permission?
Who to apply to, example letter to landowner


Guidelines and Help

The Guidelines and Help Center contain a lot of information about general cache placement and what you need to know. The information in this Wiki is based on these guidelines as applied to the United Kingdom.

Useful sites for additional help and guidance

 


UK Regional Map showing the boundaries

See a map of the UK and Ireland with an explanation of the regions.


United Kingdom Reviewers
Antheia (Channel Islands and East Midlands), Church Warden (Eastern England), Dalesman (Yorkshire), Geohatter (West Midlands and GAGB liaison), GizmoKyla (South Wales and South West England), Hanoosh (Eastern England), La Lunatica (East Midlands), Long Man (South East England), Lorgadh (Scotland), Professor Xavier (Southern England), Royal Oak (North West England), Southerntrekker (London, North Wales and Isle of Man), Workyticket (North East England and South West England).

United Kingdom Earthcache reviewers:
GeoawareUK2 and GeoawareUK3.

About This Guide

The local laws and guidelines for geocaching placement vary from place to place. As community reviewers learn geocache placement policies for a certain location, they can add it here. This site may not be a complete or accurate list of land policies. These policies are made by the land owner or manager, they are neither the reviewer’s nor Geocaching HQ’s. This guide is just for reference, if no policies for the area you’re looking for are listed, that doesn't mean no policies exist. You must still obtain permission to place your geocache from the landowner or land manager,comply with all applicable laws, and follow the Geocaching Listing Requirements.

If you have an update, email the community reviewer(s) listed.

This work is licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

 If you contribute to this wiki, you agree to provide permission to others under this license.

If you share information from this site, you must mention "These regional land policies came from the Geocaching.com Public Wiki and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No-Derivatives 4.0 International License."

 And, you agree to keep content current by checking back regularly for updates.


 

 

Mapping Resources

These map resources are referred to in the various parts of this Wiki to find and identify land areas. These are the maps reviewers use and you can ensure your cache gets published quickly by checking a location first to see if you must provide proof of permission.
The maps are not always easy to use so the links below will take you to a page where you’ll find information about how the maps work and how to use them.

For England the MAGIC map is the most useful resource and there is a very nice link to allow you to enter coordinates (in any format) to view the map and land areas. You can also find out how to use Google Maps and Streetview (OS maps) to get coordinates.
MAGIC does cover Wales and Scotland but not for all land types. This is detailed in the databases. MAGIC does not cover Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.


Where you need specific permission and where caching may not be allowed

In the United Kingdom there are laws which provide protection for certain types of land which may be environmentally sensitive or refuges for wildlife. Archeological and historical sites also have strict protection. For this reason caches in such locations require proof of permission from the landowner or manager or other authority in a position to give such permission.
Click here to open the Protected Land Database.

There are also other areas where caching may only be allowed with permission or not allowed at all for reasons of security, (airports for example), sensitivity (churches) or because they are near schools.
Click here to open the Other Land Area Database.

Many landowners/managers have negotiated agreements with either Groundspeak or the Geocaching Association of Great Britain (GAGB) to control geocaching on their property. Most of these agreements allow geocaching but there are many who have refused to allow geocaching to take place.
Click here to open the Landowner Database.

Groundspeak respects the wishes of land managers and land owners. Responsibility for placing a cache rests with the cache owner and where a land owner/manager has made specific requirements about cache placements the cache owner must abide by such requirements.


How do I go about getting permission?

From the Guidelines:

By submitting a cache page, you agree that you have all necessary permissions from the landowner or land manager to hide your geocache at that location.

In the UK there are some locations where you must get permission to place a cache. These are listed in the various pages of this Wiki where you will find details of who the organisations/landowners are and suggestions of where to apply for permission.
When submitting a cache in a location where you have obtained specific permission you should add the permission information you received as a 'Note to Reviewer' log on the cache page for the reviewer to see when you submit it. The information should include the name of the person who gave their permission and their telephone number or email address. The text of any email correspondence or letter giving permission should be copied there too*. Please note these logs are not visible when the cache is published.

You should also add the permission information on your cache page description. It not only tells finders that the cache area is OK to go to but new cachers finding your cache can see that permission may be needed for certain locations and will consider that when they place their first caches. It is of course a courtesy to the organisation or landowner who gave permission to acknowledge it. Something like, "Cache placed with the kind permission of the wardens of the reserve" or "Cache placed with the kind permission of the manager of the local National Trust office". Don't put in peoples names or details, the full permission details should be added in the note to the reviewer when you submit the cache.

*If you have received a letter and want to add it to the cache log for the reviewer to see then you can scan it in (if you have a scanner) as a JPG photo. If you don't have a scanner take a photo of the letter with your camera. You can then add the photo to the Note to Reviewer log when you submit the cache.

Example letter/email to a landowner/council/organisation.
When you enter coordinates always use the OSGB format as nearly all landowners/organisations in the UK use digital OS mapping software. If you are sending an email you can get a link to OS maps with a really useful link that lets you enter coordinates in any format. See Map Resources above - MapIt!. You then just copy the URL so they'll see the OS map.

You should also include a link to the geocaching.com guidelines.

Dear Sir/Madam/Mr Smith
Geocaching is a world wide recreational pastime that involves hiding small containers called geocaches so other people using a GPS receiver can go and find them. Geocaches are listed on www.geocaching.com. People log in to the website and download the coordinates into their GPS receivers and go off and hunt for the cache. It's a great way of exploring the local area and wider outdoors.

I would like to hide a cache in the Big Countrypark that is managed by the council. The cache will be a small 'tupperware' plastic box and I'd like to hide it under a fallen tree at this location - enter OSGB coordinates. The geocaching.com site requires that caches are placed with permission from the landowner or manager and follow guidelines to ensure the location is not damaged in anyway. For example, caches are never buried but only hidden out of sight. May I ask whether you would give permission for my cache in the countrypark?

You may find more information about geocaching at www.geocaching.com. Geocaching.com guidelines for placing caches - http://www.geocaching.com/about/guidelines.aspx_

Yours sincerely,
etc - Your name/email/phone/address