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Dear Fellow Landowners,

Detecting is becoming big business. TWO organisations are now offering up to £1,000 for access to fields. But if you’re approached be warned: no archaeologist in Britain or the world approves of commercial exploitation like that. Plus, the Government now says post Brexit we must earn our subsidies and that is bound to include protecting archaeology.

Clearly allowing hundreds of strangers onto a field to collect all the artefacts for themselves will damage or even destroy its archaeological value. Unlike damage to nature that can never be put right so you could lose subsidies not just for a while but forever. So you risk losing vastly more than £1,000.

Regards

Silas Brown,
Grunter’s Hollow,
Worfield,
Salop

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Would you expect a subsidy if you were taking money to allow dozens of strangers to do this?

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