Naturists are making progress at Hampstead Heath
A flurry of NAG (Naturist Action Group) activity before June saw naturist gains at London’s Hampstead Heath. In February a series of articles in the Ham & High local newspaper focussed on the need for naturist activity to be accepted on the Heath. Then a few weeks later art photographer Anastasia held a naked photoshoot, with NAG supporter John Mc as the model. This may lead to a larger NAG organised photo-shoot later this year. Anyone interested in participating in the photo-shoot should contact NAG via john.paine AT naturistactiongroup DOT org.
Male naturists continue to use the cramped Men’s Bathing Pond changing area. Meanwhile at the Ladies Pond female NAG supporter Carlie and a friend were finally able to be topless without incurring the wrath of the female attendants. More female naturists could join in this action, which may then lead to acceptance of naturism on a sheltered part of the Ladies Pond sunbathing lawn. Women naturists who would like to know more should contact NAG via http://naturistactiongroup.org/contact/.
Some HEN readers may be aware that local residents fought a big battle to stop the City of London Corporation, responsible for management of the Heath, plan for a major new dams project at Hampstead Heath. Sadly, campaigners lost their legal battle in the courts, and construction work started in April. Currently the Model Boating Pond, in the Highgate chain of ponds and between the Men’s and Ladies Swimming Ponds, is the focus of a coffer dam being built. See photos taken by NAG on 2 June.
Hampstead Heath has about 30 ponds, mostly manmade, and some earth dams are 300 year old. The work will impact on use of both the Men’s Bathing Pond and the Ladies Pond for periods of several months from November 2015. ‘Pond-sharing’ will mean that at times, when either pond is closed, swimmers will jointly use the other. See photo
The major construction works will continue through summer 2016 and already affect a sunbathing bank near the Men’s Pond, which has been used in hot weather by some naturists. Details of the scheme can be found at www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/pondsproject
John Paine NAG