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Next Clayground Foreshore Walk and New PLA Regulations

The next Thames Foreshore walk is to be on Sunday 30th April exploring the City foreshore.  The meeting time is 11 am and the walk lasts about 2.5 hours.  Booking is essential.  Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and more precise directions and information are sent on booking.

You should also read the following information about the new Port of London Authority regulations as these affect the cost and what visitors to the beach are permitted to do.

In late 2016 the Port of London Authority (PLA) and Crown Estate introduced a stringent new licensing system for anyone searching on the foreshore, removing items, and organising group walks.  We are unsure as to why these regulations have been instituted but guess it’s due to the rise in popularity of “mudlarking”, pressure on the PLA to raise revenue and concerns for people’s safety.

The new régime means Clayground has had to change how we organise our walks.  We wish still to enable people to explore London through ceramics and benefit from the encyclopaedic knowledge of archaeologist, Mike Webber.  For those new to the walks, we explore ceramic fragments on the foreshore and Mike reveals not only the history of ceramics through each piece but also the social and trading history of the capital.

The critical change in regulations means that only licence holders are permitted to remove things from the surface of the beach.  The majority of our foreshore walkers will be unlicenced and therefore unable to pick things up themselves.  Only we, as licenced walk leaders, will be able to do this.  We shall ask walkers to search by looking only, capturing images of interesting items on mobile phone or cameras and then we, the licenced walk leaders, will pick up items for identification and discussion.

The licensing process involves not only individual licences for walk leaders (£75) but also a group licence for each walk of £90 (incl VAT). We are having to raise the price of walks to take account of these increased costs.  The adult fee is now £25 and for children 8-17 it is £15.  You pay on the day. Proceeds above costs go towards our work with the public.

If you would like to apply for a standard PLA licence yourself you can of course do so at a cost of £75 for 3 years by clicking here.  Adults and children over 12 are eligible.  We do not handle licensing and this cost is in addition to our own charges.  Please be aware it can take up to a month for licences to be granted.

To reserve a place/places on the walk, simply email Julia@claygroundcollective.org with names of all party members and ages of any children 8-17.

We trust these explanations are clear and hope you will wish to book on what we are confident will be a very interesting session on the beach.

We look forward to hearing from you.