- Posts: 2138
- Joined: Wed May 08, 2013 12:14 am
- Location: Cambs and Suffolk
- Has thanked: 103 times
- Been thanked: 557 times
Maybe an email or letter is an option. Works for some where as knocking on doors works for others.
If you want to meet like minded people there are a couple of clubs in Cambridgeshire, one in South Cambridge and one in St Neots but neither have club land.
Deus, 9" and 11" black coil
2018 56 Hammered
The odd smaller farmer that might be interested in a bit of extra income will through the farming press and word of mouth be aware of the big groups that pay to detect, and that they want "undetected land". If he is considering these at say 100 detectorists at £10 each generating £1,000 he is not going to put that at risk by letting one person on for say £10.
The vast bulk of farmers are also shrewd, if you offer them £10 they will suspect that you think you might find something worth more than £10, so why should they let you make a profit from there land?.
Also a lot of land is under various schemes, eg the Countryside Stewardhsip scheme, that bans metal detecting on a lot of land so even if the farmer was in theory willing to allow detecting he can not.
Basically farmers are in 3 groups regarding detectorist.
1) NO. Then will give a list of reasons why. Sadly a large group.
2) Maybe. A small group. They will be swung one way or the other by the first impression you make when you knock on the door. Look tidy, be polite and say a little bit about yourself and explain why you would like to detect (but be brief as they do not want to waste time) and you might get lucky; when they answer the door just say "Oh Mister can I detect your ground" and the anwser will be a firm "No".
3). Yes. Another small group. Unless they have have a valid reason such as other detectorists already, or a scheme they are in banning it, then you are lucky.
If you pay all you are doing is paying to detect and not to keep anything you find which still belongs to the landowner. That is the tricky one so probably best to just seek permission to use a metal detector and agree to bring all finds to look at and let the landowner decide what they want to do with them.
Still you need to get a permission and being honest is a better way forward than seemingly wanting to make a profit from a payment. After all they dont realise that you are only wanting somewhere to detect. The farming press and forums have been full of detecting stories over the years so dont insult them by appearing to be wanting to make money out of them.