The overnight success of Nintendos interactive virtual game Pokemon GO, which sees people exploring their communities with mobile phones to see if they can find the invisible characters, cannot be denied as a global phenomenon.
However with sensitive areas such as war sites, memorial gardens and churchyards being walked through at inappropriate times, the games creators are being questioned over the placing of their characters.
In Gloucestershire, Manor By The Lake has posted signs explaining that the Manor is private property and Pokemon GO players should ask permission before they enter the grounds to play.
Last week noticed a character had been placed on our main driveway. Whilst we embrace the game as a good thing in the way it gets players to explore their neighbourhood and have fun, we had a slight issue when we saw a group walking around the private gardens on our CCTV looking for these little guys just before an event was about to start explained Craig Walker, Director of Communications.
This in itself wasnt a problem as our clients hadnt arrived, but if someone has booked exclusive use of the Manor we must ask players to respect that, however much they are enjoying our grounds.
Built in 1858, Manor By The Lake won a top Cheltenham In Bloom award for its 150 year old formal gardens and the pioneering work being undertaken in nature conservation in its wildlife area, making it one of the most desirable locations for weddings, celebrations and business events.
We dont want to be seen as killjoys, explained Craig, so we have suggested that players contact our office to find out when is a suitable time to visit, then we can show people around at the same time and they can find out much more about the Manors fascinating part in the history of Cheltenham from the Dowty Aviation years, Cheltenham Film Studios and now as a leading venue.
The team has asked that any Pokemon GO players need to call 01242 245 071 before they visit or call in at the enquiries office beforehand.