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Strutt & Parker

Strutt and Parker, Estate Agents and one of UK’s largest Land Agents offer pompous but useless advice to farmers.
They advise landowners to “check if the person is a member of an organisation such as the National Council for Metal Detecting (NCMD) or Federation of Independent Detectorists (FID). Both organisations have a Code of Conduct which they expect members to abide by“. Yet they don’t make it clear that those Codes of Conduct are worse than useless as they don’t protect heritage (ask PAS), nor do they recommend the landowner insists that the proper, official Code is followed.

The best they can do is say “Landowners can also request detectorists report any archaeological objects (over 300 years old, but not regarded as treasure) to be reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme.” Request to report?

So avoiding oikish behaviour doesn’t need to be insisted upon? Shouldn’t PAS, CBA et al issue urgent advice to Estate Agents to desist from pitiful and damaging advice to landowners?

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