Land wanted – for metal detecting! Neil Jones, chef at the Three Crowns Pub in Little Stoke is also a metal detectorist and makes this appeal to local farmers and landowners on behalf of Worcestershire and Warwickshire Metal Detecting Club.
WWMDC is a small detecting club with 25 members who each have public liability insurance for their hobby, Neil explained.
“We will pay the farmer or landowner £10 cash per member on the day of the search (which normally takes place between 8am and sunset) and also give 50% of the value of any item found worth over £500 to the landowner.”
We are a members-only club and follow all countryside codes strictly. We will de-clutter fields and back-fill any holes we dig,”
added Neil, who recently discovered Roman bronze and silver coins in a field in Herefordshire.
In 2009, metal detectorist Tony Herbert from Walsall unearthed the first of the 3,900 gold fragments of what was to become the Staffordshire Hoard (worth £3.3 million) in a farmer’s field near Lichfield.
If you are a landowner with ploughed or pastured fields or woods and would like to explore this further, you can visit the club’s website www.wwmdc.com, email the club at email@example.com or phone/text Neil on 07805568417.