Media interest in Hampstead Heath naturism

Somehow, being lucky as I can be at times, I located this written piece through the website of the Naturist Action Group.

I’m reposting this in the full.

Thank you John Paine, the original author of this very interesting article.


Media interest in Hampstead Heath naturism

An incredible 93% of initial responders to an online newspaper survey would support naturism on Hampstead Heath. The Hampstead & Highgate Express published an item on Thursday 25 May after contact by NAG. Carlie, John, Harvey, Steve, of the NAG London group, who met with reporter Anna Behrmann. A photo of naturists on Hampstead Heath was supplied by NAG supporter Natasha, who shows her work on her Natansky website. That immediate opinion response was to the Ham & High online question they ran with the published article. National daily The Times then covered this story and response.

On the morning of 1 June BBC Radio London’s Vanessa Feltz held a live interview with NAG’s Harvey Allen. That day Chris Baynes of the London Evening Standard contacted John Paine, NAG’s London co-ordinator. On 2 June the London Evening Standard online version carried a large item Naturists call for naked sunbathing rights on Hampstead Heath. That same day BBC London TV interviewed Harvey at Hampstead Heath, which was then broadcast in their tea-time news programme.

NAG says there are health benefits to open air nudity and make clear that public nudity is legal if it is not “intended to cause alarm or distress”. NAG maintains that parks in London are heavily used, and only in the larger parks is discreet naturism possible. The City of London Corporation was legally given management responsibility for Hampstead Heath when the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, abolished the GLC in 1989. However, the Hampstead Heath management mistakenly claimed to the London Evening Standard that ‘nudity is a criminal offence’ and is prohibited there. Nudity is not mentioned in the Hampstead Heath bylaws, which were written in 1932.

Photographer Natasha Porter says “There needs to be more spaces available to be naked and free around London. I think that it actually reduces the sexual connections to nudity. Naked bodies do not need to equate to sex”

In all the media interviews NAG mentioned the annual London WNBR. For over 10 years thousands of street spectators have happily accepted the WNBR nudity. It is estimated that on 10 June 2017 over 1,500 cyclists, of all ages and sexes, took part in the London WNBR. Up to 90% of the cycling participants were naked this year, and the usual enthusiastic public response from the crowded pavements was evident. One male cyclist rode naked from arrival at Euston station to the Kings Cross start point, with no adverse public reactions!

The recent media actions described here are part of the various ongoing NAG campaigns to change public perception of naturism. John Paine said “People who are naturists see it as a lifestyle choice rather than a peculiar hobby.”

NAG will hold several ‘vox pop’ interviews on Hampstead Heath in June. Small teams of NAG supporters will ask 4 quick questions of users of Hampstead Heath. They will be asked if they support the idea of naturists discreetly using Hampstead Heath. In fact, this has been happening for over 50 years and in recent times NAG has organised for small groups of naturists to do so collectively. The Hampstead Heath management want proof that many London naturists do want naturism to be allowed there.

London naturists who want to help this NAG campaign can do so by contacting us through this NAG website. Elsewhere on this website you will see more information about what has been done by NAG in London, and ideas that are being explored. This includes action with other naturists internationally, including in Paris and Munich.

John Paine 15 June 2017

Sunday Noon Nudist

Sunday Nudist

Why put something on when you need nothing?

Nudists offered advice on neighbourly relations

Found on the Epsom Guardian site:

lunch in the buff

As the sun comes out, so do residents who like the simple joy of being naked in their own garden, according to a police force.

Upset neighbours of residents who loath clothes have been complaining to police in Reigate and Banstead, prompting the force to give advice on how to skirt around the issue.

Budding naturists are encouraged to have a chat with their neighbours and explain that they: want to sunbathe without clothes, have no wish to offend them, will be discreet and hope they will not object.

Writing on Surrey Police’s Reigate and Banstead Beat Facebook page, a spokesperson advised that the force would investigate cases of indecent exposure or outraging public decency.

A spokesperson added: “Confining your naturism to a part of the garden which can be screened from the view will obviously solve the problem.

“If none of the above is possible, you will have to decide whether your desire to be naked in your garden is more important to you than being on friendly terms with those around you.”

But nakedness among neighbours goes both ways it seems, and the spokesperson also advised: “On the other hand, no one has the right to spy on you.

“If you find that your neighbour is leaning out of an upstairs window or standing on the top of a step ladder in order to see you then he or she may well be committing an offence.”

(I think the most important part here is: talk to your neighbours. People are more accepting when you simply tell the truth.)

Sunday Noon Nudist

How much more nature do you need in naturism?

Heat and the smart of being nude.

Heat? Go nude. It’s smart.

I hope you know. I’ve mentioned this before in other posts. I think this is so important that it can withstand another mention.

Heat.

In the last weeks it has been very hot here. More so than usual, which I am sure happened in many places.

We all know what that means. People in sweaty clothes, air conditioning and frustration over the heat.

Not so much with naturists.

Because naturists have this built-in tendency to be smart.
Smart about the weather and how to adjust.

Air conditioning.

air conditioningA.k.a. a power-devouring machine to keep clothing cool. That’s what most people don’t realise; they think that the air conditioning keeps them cool. Nope. It cools the clothes you wear. And only that, in turn, will cool you down. See the twp-staged problem here? Most energy of the air conditioning goes into the wrong things: the air of the room and your clothes. Get rid of the clothes and you eliminate most needs for an air conditioning.

Naked, nude, clothes-free.

This does the trick. No cloth around you helps your body breathe more freely. Heat quickly becomes a thing of the past. Of course there are situations that even in the nude, the temperature can become a problem. That is when you can still turn to an air conditioning, but a decent fan will go a long way already then.

That’s how things work for me anyway.

Outside.

This is the best environment. Hot? Go outside. Find the shade. Shade cools down the air beneath it many degrees. That makes life a lot more pleasant. Being outside also has a health benefit (sunlight, vitamin D, fresh air).

The ones who know all this will by now nod their heads off. Sorry for that. Maybe next time I’ll write about neck protectors. 😉 Still it’s good to remind everyone about this. Even when the world at large isn’t clever enough to know what’s best for a body: we know this!

 

Sunday Noon Nudist

Put nature in naturist

Naturism. Nature. It belongs together.

Sunday Noon Nudist

Remember, folks. The World Naked Bike Rides are coming again.
Check my favourite search engine for more info and help plant a tree!

The subtlety of non-nudist beach goers.

The subtlety of non-nudists.

non-nudists, clothed beach-goersDo you know it? When you’re in a clothing optional area and the non-nudists are all doing their subtle best to look at you while trying to hide their curiosity?

It happened to me over the last few weeks when I was on vacation.

Canary Islands.

The Canary Islands are Spanish territory and as such every beach is officially clothing optional unless signposted differently. I went out several times for a nice walk along the beach close to the hotel, down to the two RIU hotels that are located over 2km away from Corralejo and back.

Beach map with walk outline

Over that stretch I saw lots of nude people. Perfectly fine, as I was ‘dressed’ in the same manner. How else? Also though, lots of non-nude people were there. It was almost painful to see all their attempts to sneak looks at the naked people walking by, lying in the sand or swimming in the ocean. Painful and pathetic. Heck, no one there carries their eyes in their pocket. For me it’s okay to look as long as you don’t stare. I look at them too (although not for long, why would I?).

Honesty

NudistsI’ve mentioned this before. Nudists and naturists are far more honest about their life than non-nudists. Nudists know what people look like. There are two genders and each one is basically laid out the same for everyone who’s a member of that gender. Some parts are bigger, smaller, rounder or longer. Who cares? We’re all human.

All different.

Also underneath all the clothing that some prefer to wear, even when it’s far too bloody hot for that. Everyone knows what a man or a woman ‘has’ beneath these fabric bits. And for some reason the non-nudists insist on remaining ‘ignorant’ and sometimes pretend to be shocked when they notice a person who’s not afraid of all that.

After several walks over that beach it was almost getting to me, so I decided to go blind regarding them.

Sick.

Boy with shorts at beachOn one occasion I saw something that almost made my eyes fall out.

A little boy was playing in the sea, dressed in shorts and a far too wide t-shirt. He kept coming out of the water and was running over the beach. In a strong wind.

I really wondered how long it would take before that child would get sick in the wind, wearing those wet clothes.

Maybe I know nothing about this but I wouldn’t want my children (if I had any) to run around that way…

 

Sunday Noon Nudist

Sometimes you just need to take a breather.

This is really the best way to hike if the weather’s good enough for it. You wouldn’t believe how quickly that is: hiking makes you warm. I hope for everyone to be able to do this at least once in your life.

Sunday Noon Nudist

World Naked Bike Riders

Right, you wonderful people. By the time you see this I am on my way to Fuerteventura so the blog will be quiet for the coming weeks…