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NAG success in London

NAG has achieved a major breakthrough at Hampstead Heath. Hard work, initiated by Duncan Heenan of NAG and a team of volunteers over 8 years, led to the publishing of new guidance. Reports on dealing with public nudity came from the Crown Prosecution Service (2013) and the College of Policing (2018). BN was the junior partner in the latter years of the project. The impact of these new guidelines has been dramatic for naturism in the UK.

Carlie Newman led our Hampstead Heath Sub-committee. Recently  NAG raised the College of Policing guidelines with the Hampstead Heath management. The result is that naturism on Hampstead Heath was accepted by the management as being legal. NAG has produced the following statement:

The College of Policing guidelines apply to Hampstead Heath as they do elsewhere. There will not be a designated naturist area. Naturists are requested to use common sense and avoid busier areas of the heath, as this should avoid complaints from members of the public who may be disturbed by the nudity.

New instructions to HH staff mean that discreet naturism is now acceptable – within reason – including at the Ladies Pond. Naturists acting sensibly on the Heath should not be unduly harassed by the Heath Wardens or the Hampstead Heath

8 Responses to NAG success in London

  • Well done John, Carlie, Harvey and all others who have worked so long and hard to persuade the Hampstead Heath management that naturism is legal and harmless. Doubtless there will be hiccups and misunderstandings along the way still, but real progress is now being made, and is a tribute to the tenacity of all concerned. There are few quick wins in the world of Campaigning, but persistence pays in the end!

  • That is fabulous news, regarding Hampstead Heath.
    Is swimming ‘au natural’ restricted to the lady’s pond or does it extend to the other ponds?

    • I’m afraid I cannot answer you Philip. I have, however, copied your questions and email address to someone who can and asked her to respond to you direct. As I’m not in charge of the young lady’s diary I cannot give any timescale to expect a reply.

    • Further to my previous comment, this question has been replied to offline but I post here again so others my learn the answer. In a word, no. Nude swimming any of the ponds: men’s, ladies’ and mixed is not allowed. The Hampstead Heath authorities are only going to interpret sunbathing in accordance with the College of Policing guidelines.

  • Much appreciated Duncan.

    You are correct that some campaigns are a long haul. You are the person to be credited for your perseverance as the NAG team leader in getting the authorities, including the College of Policing, to acknowledge that naturism in public is not illegal. The rest of us, including Juliette Gill in Scotland, have quickly taken action to ensure that police authorities acknowledge this fact.

  • The new policy regarding naturism on Hampstead Heath that the HH management has adopted is very welcome and is a tribute to the hard work put in by NAG campaigners. Do we know what the new instructions issued to HH staff actually say? There is still a widespread public belief that nudity in public is illegal, so how have staff been told to respond to complaints that they may receive? Have they been told to explain to complainants that naturism is not illegal and that no action will be taken unless a naturist behaves inappropriately?

    • This comment is being responded to offline. However, please note what our colleagues in London have succeeded in doing is getting Hampstead Heath Management to accept the College of Policing’s new guidance relating to dealing with public nudity. We have not been involved in drafting any new policy to be issued by the City of London and do not expect too. As it is now October, I imagine any new policy will take effect until next summer; we shall wait and see.

  • Thank you Reg for the clarification. Still a giant step forward!

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