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Placing Cache in Northeren Ireland forestry service lands

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Placing Cache in Northeren Ireland forestry service lands

Post by opalcutter » Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:54 pm

This is my first message so I hope this is the right place to post this. For those of you wishing to place caches in forestry service lands in Northern Ireland. Please find below a copy of an email I received after asking permission to carry out the above. I have Johns permission to pass this email on to you.

From: Watson, John N. [mailto: Email address removed - dino]
Sent: 21 February 2012 14:37
To: Walder, Alan
Subject: FW: Geocaching

Dear Alan,

My name is John Watson and, as I have Forest management responsibilities that include the recreational use of forests, your query below has been forwarded to me for reply.

Within our new forestry legislation, the Forest Act (NI) 2010, there is a statutory right of pedestrian access across Forest Service land.

This means that individuals are welcome to access our land on foot provided that they do so in a safe and responsible manner. If people involved in geocaching meet this criteria there is no specific requirement to seek permission.

It is important that users of the forest respect the Forest Service Byelaws and I note in your correspondence you clarify that this activity would not disturb the surrounding area or result in digging of soil.

Your activity should also be carried out in a safe, responsible manner in a way that protects the environment and respects the enjoyment of others. As well as abiding by the Forest Service byelaws, it would also be important to highlight your own geocaching code of conduct and guidelines as good practice. This being the case, I foresee no requirement for Forest Service to pre-approve the placement of individual caches.

I would emphasise that our forests are working forests as well as being a natural resource. All users should abide by temporary signage where forest operations such as timber harvesting or other activities are taking place. I would also point out that Forest Service accept no responsibility for the security of geocaches and that responsibility for the placement of a geocache and associated activities rest with the owner of the geocache.

I trust this clarification is helpful and please do not hesitate to come back to me should you have any further queries.

Yours sincerely


John Watson

Forest management - EAST

Looks like a green light to go :D


Placing Cache in Northeren Ireland forestry service lands

Post by Step_7 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:54 pm

Common sense from a government official - excellent! :)

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Re: Placing Cache in Northeren Ireland forestry service land

Post by dino » Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:58 pm

Congratulations to opalcutter for this great news.

See this thread for a summary: ... =20&t=3556

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