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Tuesday, August 23, 2005


Hanging out in an English nudist garden

By Richard Savill, The Telegraph

WANDERING around beautifully tended gardens has long been one of the great pleasures of an English summer for keen nature-lovers.

On Friday they were busy admiring fe atures including the herbaceous borders, ornamental pond, rose beds, waterfalls and well-trimmed lawns of Abbey House, a former monastery in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

However, that was not all that was on display. The visitors themselves had taken off their clothes and were following the example of the owners, Ian and Barbara Pollard, by baring all.

The Pollards, labelled "the Naked Gardeners" in BBC television's Gardeners' World, opened their two-hectare garden for the first time to fellow n aturists.

They made clothes "optional" for the day and, as the rain held off, more than 200 of the 250 visitors stripped off.

"It was no different to what people normally do with their clothes on," said Mr Pollard, 60. "They brought blankets and picnicked by the river; they walked everywhere, appreciating the plants and all the colour we have. Those who kept their clothes on didn't seem to be adversely affected."

The Pollards like to wear only boots and gardening gloves when they do the planting, because they find it "liberating".

Mrs Pollard, 53, a former model, and a mother of three children aged 18, 13 and nine, said she organised the optional clothes day to "explore attitudes to something that has become mixed up with sex".

Following the couple's appearance in a TV documentary about people who go to work naked, they said they had had requests from other naturists to join them.

"We had endless emails asking if we could share the garden and if we could take our clot hes off--and we thought, 'why not'?" said Mrs Pollard.

"I'm self-conscious about my own body and it took me a while to get my head around taking my clothes off. Now I feel liberated doing it and I think 'why does it matter'?"

She added: "When you're out there with a gentle breeze on you, every last hair on your body feels it. You feel completely connected with the natural world in a way you just can't in clothes."

Visitors who wanted to take off their clothes were escorted by stewards f rom the Council for British Naturism so they could change in the tea room.

One of them, James Longton, 46, who travelled from Cambridge to explore the garden naked, said: "It's been a lovely day. It's great that we can get together and explore something so beautiful without the restriction of clothes."
The Naked Gardeners


Anonymous lil said...

wow that's amazing! I liked the, "every last hair" bit.
It's so true how just nudity has become so related to sex..

8/23/2005 8:25 PM  
Blogger lynC said...

True, true.

It's a shame how nudity has become too related to sex.

But taking off your clothes and admiring nature feels great.

I should know. Hee hee.

8/24/2005 5:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look! It's a modern Adam & Eve!

8/24/2005 9:03 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Now, that's a garden I would feel at home in. Oh for the freedom of nakedness!

8/25/2005 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Jesse said...

Elaina If I had a nice garden would you take your clothes off for me? Or for the garden and the breeze whichever you prefer.

8/27/2005 9:50 AM  
Blogger Liz said...


9/06/2005 11:42 AM  
Anonymous r4 ds said...

It's so true how just nudity has become so related to sex..

11/08/2010 10:17 PM  
Anonymous batterie said...

I liked the, "every last hair" bit.

11/08/2010 10:17 PM  
Anonymous labatterie said...

Your clothes and admiring nature feels great.

11/08/2010 10:18 PM  

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