The NFU and NFU Cymru have welcomed the launch of the new Code of Practice for Responsible Metal Detecting in England and Wales.

The new code offers metal detectorists advice on how to proceed before embarking on a metal detecting expedition, and on how to conduct themselves on farmland whilst indulging their hobby.

There is also advice on how to report any finds to landowners and occupiers, and how to abide by the provisions of the Treasure Act and the Treasure Act Code of Practice.

NFU vice president Paul Temple said, “This code reinforces the good relationship that exists between farmers and those who metal detect.

“I know of many members who allow metal detecting on their land. They are often amazed at the items that are found.”

NFU Cymru President, Dai Davies, added: “Having this code in place for the proper access, reporting and recording of finds is good for the history of our country.

“As an industry we can demonstrate to the public how farming has preserved these finds in some cases for centuries.”

Copies of the Code of Practice for Responsible Metal Detecting in England and Wales can be found on the NFU website, www.nfuonline.com