What does holding a Charity Dig entail?

Landowners, please read on...
 
Landowners wishing to take part are asked to provide the club with 20 hectares (50 acres) or more of stubble, or land cultivated prior to sowing. Pasture or meadow is also sometimes suitable, but nothing that’s ever had ‘green waste’ applied. We normally reckon on one detectorist per acre, so the more land we have, the more people can take part and the more money we can raise for charity. The club takes nothing from the event, as our overheads are covered by the member’s annual subscriptions.

"The club takes nothing from the event, as our overheads are covered by the member’s annual subscriptions."

 

"The event will be organized to fit in with the landowner’s farming requirements."

 

A payment could, in theory, be made to Landowners for the use of their land. In practice, we ask that any payment is waived, and kindly donated in lieu to the good cause for the day.

The event will be organized to fit in with the landowner’s farming requirements, and any instructions strictly complied with. Access to the land is needed by the organisers in the run-up to the event, and for between 50 and 100 club members (depending on the area available) on the day of the event.

It is worth noting that our charity digs are not publicly advertised, and those taking part are either full members of the club , or invited guests for whom we have full details. Those attending will each have £10 million third party insurance arranged through the National Council for Metal Detecting (NCMD), and which is verified on arrival for all those taking part.

"our charity digs are not publicly advertised"

 
We will follow club and nationally recommended practice by recording finds made during the dig via the local Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme. All finders will be expected to follow this procedure. The recording under the terms of the PAS does not list exact find locations but uses a wider definition of the find spot, normally a parish or geographic area.

"any waste is carted off site and disposed of correctly, and all holes backfilled"

 
Afterwards, the organisers ensure any waste is carted off site and disposed of correctly, and all holes backfilled before leaving the site in pristine condition.
A detailed “Finds Report” will be available to the Landowners a few weeks after the event, once the finds have been identified and recorded by the archeologists.

We welcome any questions, please get in touch using the box to the right.

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