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FC Peninsula District

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Forestry Commission


This agreement was negotiated by Keehotee. For queries please contact the GAGB committee.

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This agreement is made between the Forestry Commission (Peninsula District) and the GAGB (Geocaching Association of Great Britain).

The Forestry Commission South West England have said caches within the Peninsula Forest District* may be placed without obtaining prior permission as long as certain guidelines are observed. There are some areas where caching is not allowed for reasons which include archaeological features, shooting rights or it is leased out to another landowner. Please also note there are restrictions on the type and size of the container. A link to a downloadable map of those areas where caching is NOT allowed is given below.


* Ensure the cache container is clearly marked, stating that the content is harmless (no dangerous items, matches, knives, food, drink and no alcohol) and giving the placers e-mail address or other contact method. Only items which would be consider 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 antiquity or Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM). Protect our heritage.

* 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.

* Fences & walls should never be damaged when placing or seeking a cache, and should be crossed by a gate or stile.

* Caches may be placed without prior permission from the Forestry Commission.

* 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.

* All Forestry Commission Byelaws must be obeyed.

* Geocache owners/Geocachers will advise the Commission within 24 hours of the end of an activity of any accident to a participant, spectator, or third party which arises as a result of the exercise of this permission.

* While there is open access through most of the forest on foot, cycle or horse, no vehicle access is permitted off the public highway. Always park sensibly, avoiding blocking forest entrances, and remembering that many forest roads are used by large articulated lorries who require significant space to manoeuvre.

* Forestry Operations can be dangerous, all warning signs must be obeyed. The Forestry Commission cannot guarantee that a cache will be accessible at all times.

Please note the following:

1.GAGB guidelines must be applied
2. Neither the Peninsula FC or GAGB will be responsible for any cache destroyed.
3. Caches are to be made of plastic with secured lid. Secured means a well fitting lid. Under no circumstances must elastic bands be used for this purpose. Caches must be a minimum of 100 millilitres, to avoid danger of swallowing by stock and wild animals.
4. We have been granted this agreement on the basis that cachers will apply common
sense to their activities. This agreement will rely on the goodwill of all concerned for continuation.

Maps of all Forestry Commission woodlands have been provided as appendices. These show all the woodlands under Forestry Commission management covered by the Peninsula district.

* All Woodlands shown here in this FC document.

The maps highlight any restrictions affecting where geocaches cannot be placed and the reason for this restriction.

A map overlay (.kml) showing FC Peninsula Woodlands where caching is NOT allowed can be downloaded here.
The map overlays can be downloaded and opened in Google Earth which is a free download for a PC and also as apps for Apple and Android. (N.B. These maps do not form part of any legal representation of land ownership and are created simply as a guide to areas for the purposes of placing a geocache container or marking an area where these are not permitted).

Area Covered

England/Cornwall. England/Devon. England/Dorset. England/Somerset.


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