Naturists Campaigning for Naturism

Abbey House Gardens Update

Hundreds of naturists flocked to Abbey House Gardens on Sunday 24 June to enjoy the sun. Dozens of NAG supporters met with John Paine and Peter Knight, two members of NAG’s small managing collective. Rufus Pollard, son of ‘naked gardener’ Ian, now runs the beautiful listed building and its extensive gardens for the family. The ‘clothes optional days’ are a big financial success which Rufus will continue to run whilst they seek a sensitive buyer for the site.

“It is an important listed building and my father’s work in creating the garden masterpiece needs to be protected” said Rufus. “We are only prepared to talk to any potential buyer who understands that the whole site needs to be kept in its present form.”

Ian still lives on site, with nursing support since his stroke. He is often in the garden in his wheelchair and lucky naturists can sometimes speak with him. The remaining 2018 Sunday ‘clothes optional days’ are 22 July, 19 August, 16 September. Details can be found on


2 Responses to Abbey House Gardens Update

  • Last Sunday, I attended my first clothing optional open day at the Abbey House Gardens. The weather was wonderful and it was great seeing so many naturists enjoying the beautiful grounds – a perfect place to unwind and relax.
    I stopped by the NAG stand and had a good chat with both John and Peter. Thank you for your time and advice. I’ve always been aware of the hard work and dedication that volunteers put in to support naturist causes, but talking to John gave me a new level of understanding and appreciation. It’s made me more thankful that there are so many great people out there, helping to make naturism more available. Also, in order to keep the naturist momentum going, it will need more volunteers – count on me in the future.

    • Thanks for the good words, Dave. We on the NAG managing collective do not organise purely social events but we do organise occasional opportunities for NAG supporters to meet with us. In 2018 these have included 25 March in Holborn, London, 2 June at Kenwood Hose, n. London, 24 June at Abbey House Gardens.

      We always welcome new ideas for campaigning for naturism – and people willing to do this!

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