National Trust Employees intimidate and harass nudists
It also appears that their employees are again resorting to intimidatory and
harassing tactics in their efforts to quarantine naturists within the area
designated by the red posts.
Interestingly also, it has been noted that the casual labourers in fancy
shorts and silly hats seem very reluctant to approach any heavily tanned or
groups of nudes. It seems they are trying it on - bullying only those who are,
or appear to be, only occasional visitors, and then only if they are on their
own. A notable exception to this generality is SUN Secretary Colin James,
who was threatened by Mark Harold and Julian Homer, that they
would ban him. At the time he was walking, quietly and alone, through an almost
deserted area close to the tree-line. Being a timid and complaisant soul, Colin
scuttled whimpering back inside the red posts. Not.
Despite the modification to their leaflet, and the cosmetic straightening of
the dog-leg in the unwanted path, and notwithstanding our efforts to reach a
compromise and to display our willingness to work with them, the National Trust are behaving
in just as autocratic, insensitive and dictatorial a manner as always. Last
year, the Echo published a letter from us, under the heading "Will Trust
heed 1084 calls?" Clearly - and this is a sad commentary on their attitude
- the answer to that question appears to be a resounding "No".
Use the whole area - don't let them bully you
We cannot say often enough, USE THE WHOLE
TRADITIONAL AREA AND DON'T LET THEM BULLY YOU. As their own lawyers have told
them, they have NO right to impose such a boundary and NO authority to enforce
NT Warden quote "There is nothing we can do about it"
Even their own employees have admitted this: a National Trust warden, talking
(unknowingly) to a SUN member in June 1996, said "Well, of course we
have no power to enforce it. All we can do is ask people either to dress or to
move inside the red posts, but if they refuse there is nothing we can do about
We have a long way to go before we are able to say that we have
achieved all our aims, and the fight goes on!