National Trust 1998 Nudist leaflet
The leaflet has no legal standing - you
can safely ignore it!
Many members will have seen this bizarre publication
which the National Trust were handing out in their car parks in the
summer of 1998. The leaflet has no legal standing and you can safely
ignore it. Examining the leaflet in detail throws up some interesting
points, click the thumbnails for bigger images and read on...
It opens as follows:
"The National Trust has designated
an area on the beach that Naturists are welcome to use. There are
however some guide lines that naturists must follow in order to help
management of the area."
As we have learned from our legal adviser, "guidelines"
are just that - they are unenforceable, and have no standing in law.
"The area is marked on the ground with red topped posts.
The total area is 24 acres. Please respect other beach users and wear
clothes when you are outside the area."
The observant amongst you will have noticed yet another
assessment of the area: add this to the list of 23 acres, 35 acres,
etc., etc. How many people know what an acre looks like? (roughly half the size of a standard football pitch).
Given that up to 5000 people may be in this area (which
includes the beach) on a good day, and they are positively encouraging
textiles into the same area, the outlook for nudists is grim.
Do the National Trust order textile beach users to
... of course not!
Textile beach users can do what the hell they like, and
no heavy-handed goons will descend on them. So why do the National Trust
think they can order us around? Textiles can go where they like - the
National Trust are trying to deny us access to some of the most tranquil
and beautiful parts of Studland.
Moving on, we find The Great Lie perpetuated in
"Can people avoid the [naturist] area?
"Yes, a path called Heather Walk, marked on the map
runs round the site, linking Knoll Beach to Shell Bay."
As anyone who has been to Studland knows, this path
passes within yards of the red posts. Nudists within the "designated
area" are clearly visible to people walking along the path.
It is obvious that the National Trust
are hoping people using their newly devised Heather Walk will complain
It is obvious that the National Trust are hoping people
using their newly devised 'heather walk' will complain, which will give
the them an excuse to attempt even more punitive restrictions. (See
pictures and read more on how the National Trust has encouraged
complaints against nudists
"Please don't go out of the marked naturist area. To
wander into clothed area (sic) will offend people who are equally
entitled to enjoy the beach and the nature reserve."
However, since the nature reserve is totally outside the
red posts. what they are saying is that we are not entitled to enjoy it.
"No sexual activity. Leave this activity for the privacy
of your home. Naturism combined with sex will encourage intolerance from
There is more sexual activity in the dunes on Shell Bay,
close to the ferry, than anywhere else. This is nowhere near the
traditional nudist area, never mind the NT'S cordon sanitaire. But we
don't see them issuing judgmental and moralising leaflets to the
textiles. They persist in cleaving to this fiction that nudist = sex
then again if they admitted the truth, that there is no causal link,
their entire case for restricting us collapses.
The next admonition is mind-boggling:
"Privacy is fundamental. ...It is not wrong to go to the
beach to make new friends, but please respect a person's privacy."
But it's OK for them to invade our privacy, by wandering
around peering over windbreaks and spying on us through the long grass.
Double standards or what!
Next, carte blanche for voyeurs:
"It's not illegal to take photographs in public places.
However, asking permission is common courtesy."
Yeah, and the kind of creeps who take clandestine
photographs are big on courtesy. Now, if they get caught, they can
legitimately say "But the National Trust says I'm doing nothing wrong". Finally:
"Speak up for standards. If a person seems
unaware of beach etiquette, explain it kindly and politely."
No more smacking the perverts in the gob and throwing
their cameras in the sea! A kind and polite explanation of why you
object to them masturbating over your wife and children will be far more
Although we went to the meetings where this objectionable piece of propaganda
was allegedly planned, none of the points they have printed was agreed by us
before publication. On the contrary, we made it quite clear to the National
Trust that we did not wish to be associated with it and we objected to the
implication in the press release that we had approved it.
This unspeakable piece
of garbage is nothing to do with SUN Group and we reiterate that it has no legal
standing and can be ignored.