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