In June 1996 we announced our intention to prepare a handout giving suggested
responses to harassment from National Trust wardens and the police. We wanted to
consult a solicitor to determine our exact rights and the limit of the National
Trust's powers and put out the call for a nudist-friendly solicitor who would be
willing to advise SUN without charging an arm and a leg.
Statement of Rights - June 1996
- Nudity is not an offence in English law.
- Provided you are not doing anything
illegal, neither the police nor the National Trust has any right to tell you
either to move on or to get dressed.
- The red posts have no force in law - there
is no difference between the land on one side and the land on the other.
- Do not
give your name or address to any National Trust employee - they have no authority to demand
- If the police drag you away to Swanage, tell SUN as soon as possible, if
necessary by phoning the information line on 01202 581207. Make a note of names, (police) numbers,
location, who said what, and names of any witnesses and send this information to
- Do NOT accept a police caution - it gives
you a criminal record!