The Geocaching Association of Great Britain (GAGB) refers to geocaching as a 'treasure hunt', which takes adults and children out into nature. It is a relatively new pastime which encourages exploring sites of natural beauty and interest.
A Geocacher will go to a location where they will hide a small waterproof box containing a few varied bits and pieces (of little value) a logbook and a pen or pencil.
Using a GPS receiver, the cacher records the coordinates of their cache and returns home to log its existence onto the geocaching website. Another cacher will see the listing about the cache, enter the coordinates into their GPS receiver and go in search of it. The finder will then take something from the cache and leave something in return. They will then enter the information into a logbook. When the seeker returns home, they will log onto the geocaching website where they found the cache and pass on any comments they wish.
These logs are important to the cache hider as it is part of their reward for hiding the cache. Of course in order to keep the game going, the seekers must also hide some caches too.
Whilst the Council recognises the value of Geocaching as a means of encouraging people to exercise and enjoy natural beauty, it is important that this pastime does not impinge on other uses or areas of the Council’s recreation grounds or create a danger to the public. Consideration and safety of wildlife and maintenance of the natural habitat is paramount.
Geocachers must comply with all Council guidelines and notices and adhere to the following:
If you wish to place new cache on Council land email firstname.lastname@example.org to seek approval. Please include a description of the cache location and associated grid references (WSG84 and deg, minutes). Please abide by all usual GAGB guidelines.
Updated: 17 July 2018