Perhaps it's time to get some major changes of law in place. I have to say
that your current approach is unlikely to achieve anything. I'm sure that
the Regnant originally intended in the latin you have quoted was actually
Scottish. What you are complaining about is potentially, if not actually a
serious breach of trust by us all against future generations and needs
addressing. To fell a tree with a chain saw is quick, noisy and wasteful.
The woodworm can achieve the same thing efficiently, if slowly, and
On 6 February 2012 23:59, Michael Haseler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> This is where the antiquated "law" in Scotland comes in.
> The crown claims to be the owner of everything that is found or as the
> "treasuretrove" (so called) unit says ... /qoud nullius est fit domini
> regis/ (that which belongs to nobody becomes our Lord the King's [or
> Queen's]) ... , which they say means we have to hand over everything to
> them ... however in 1982 the law was changed so that items should be
> reported to the police and the crown became like any other owner who has
> lost things and can claim them within 2 months if they realise it is
> missing (not a law the crown is keen for anyone to know about ... not even
> their own staff!)
> So, my understanding is that so long as it is not a scheduled monument ...
> as nothing belongs to the land owner ... the landowner can't complain
> unless its an ornamental garden of otherwise causing damage. And there is
> no law of trespass, so it's perfectly legal so long as it's not someone's
> garden. And so long as you hand it into the local plod ... in 2 months its
> yours unless the "owner" notices it is missing and goes down the plod
> station to claim it back.
> On 06/02/2012 21:44, PETTS D.A. wrote:
>> In contrast if I just went out with a spade, it would be minimal effort,
>>> entirely legal and I would get paid for anything I find.
>> Also worth pointing out, that (whilst I don't know about the Scottish
>> situation) the finds would belong to the landowner (unless you'd made an
>> agreement before hand or the Treasure Act kicked in). Going out, digging a
>> hole on a site without permission and walking off with the finds would in
>> theory get you done for theft (although admittedly as you pointed out I
>> doubt the police would deal with this with a huge amount of urgency); more
>> pressingly you are likely to get an irate farmer with a shotgun getting
>> medieval on your ass...