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Nudist park residents help stop wildfire from spreading and burning down trailer
A group of residents at a nudist park in Tennessee helped to contain a brush fire on Wednesday which threatened to burn down a trailer and a power pole, according to reports.

The fire started at around 1:15 p.m. in Rutherford County near the intersection of Bradyville Pike and Gum Puckett Road, WSMV reported. The fire eventually grew to cover on area measuring between eight and ten acres reaching the edge of a nearby woods, fire officials said.

Susan Palmer, one of the residents of the Rock Haven Lodge nudist park—which is located near the intersection—noticed something was wrong after seeing heavy smoke during her drive home. She called 911.

“I looked out to my left and saw a lot of smoke and I thought, ‘That doesn’t look good,'” Palmer told WSMV. “I got in touch with some of my guys and said, ‘Take the fire truck and go.'”

Fortunately, the nudist park has a 1964 Ford fire truck capable of holding 500 gallons of water, which had never been used to tackle a large blaze until the latest incident.

Residents from the nudist park then helped personnel from Rutherford County Fire and Rescue to battle the fire—which was located just outside the nudist park property.

As well as using their fire truck, the nudist park residents also helped to move hay bales away from the blaze in order to stop it spreading, WTVF reported.

The owner of the property where the fire started said that it was the nudist park residents who spotted the fire first and sounded the alarm.

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Source: Newsweek

Original publication 3 October 2019

Posted on NatCorn 3 weeks ago

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Go naked: save the planet
Could nudity save the world from eco disaster?

Naturists are urging us to shed our clothes and save the world from eco disaster.

‘Go naked: save the planet’ is the message from groups like Econudes.org, who claim living a naturist lifestyle could be the best way to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

In an interview with The Independent, Naturist Life magazine editor, Suzanne Piper, says: ‘If anything, we predate the green movement, so you could argue that the greens are actually jumping on our bandwagon.

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‘Back in the early Seventies, for example, naturism was defined as “a way of life in harmony with nature, characterised by self-respect, respect for others and for the environment”.

‘Even before then, in the 19th century, naturists always stressed their eco-credentials.’

Certainly, given the energy needed to manufacture garments, if we all stopped wearing clothing, far less energy would be emitted creating the clothes in the first place.

But what about the energy needed to keep naturists in the northern hemisphere warm in their chilly houses?

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Source: Marie Claire

Original publication September 1, 2008

Posted on NatCorn 4 weeks ago

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Naked Hiking: Why To Do It & How To Do It
There is nothing more freeing than being out in nature. Except, perhaps, being out in nature…completely naked?

This somewhat niche activity encourages hikers to shed their skivvies and experience nature in its purest form, unrestricted by the burden of clothing and peer judgement. What’s more, it has its own informal holiday to celebrate the joys of hiking Adam-and-Eve-style: Naked Hiking Day.

Before I get into details of why you might want to shed your clothes on the trail and how you might best go about it, I was really curious about public attitudes towards nude hiking. So in May 2019 I asked America the following multiple choice question:

June 21st is “Naked Hiking Day”. Which of the following statements best describes your attitude towards naked hiking:

    1. ​It’s fine, I have no problem with it
    2. It should only be allowed in specific places
    3. It shouldn’t be allowed anywhere
    4. It sounds fun!

I polled 1,505 adult Americans between 24th and 27th May 2019 through Google surveys, weighted to account for Age, Gender and Region, with the answers displaying in a random order.

Here’s the result:

The first thing I noticed was, although the least popular option, nearly 15% of Americans think naked hiking sounds fun. That equates to 35 million people!

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Source: Effortless Outdoors

Original publication 17 June 2019

Posted on NatCorn 2nd August 2019

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Nudists, township start rezoning appeal battle

The two sides in a rezoning dispute for a nude campground faced off in a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning.

Freedom Fields Naturalist Ranch owners Yvonne Gibson and Hector Gravelle are appealing a 2017 decision by Stone Mills Township council that denied their request to re-zone their property to allow the expansion of the campground.

Tuesday’s meeting set a date for a hearing and confirmed the list of people seeking to take part as parties or participants.

But before that, LPAT member Thomas Hodgins asked the two sides if they could find a solution on their own.

“Is there an opportunity to settle this?” Hodgins asked.

Freedom Fields Naturalist Ranch owners Yvonne Gibson and Hector Gravelle leave the Stone Mills Township municipal office after a Local Planning Appeals Tribunal meeting in Centreville, Ont. on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.
Freedom Fields Naturalist Ranch owners Yvonne Gibson and Hector Gravelle leave the Stone Mills Township municipal office after a Local Planning Appeals Tribunal meeting in Centreville, Ont. on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Elliot Ferguson/The Whig-Standard/Postmedia Network

Gibson said she and Gravelle were open to finding a settlement but the township’s lawyer Tony Flemming said his clients want the issue to go before a hearing.

Five people – mostly neighbours of the Freedom Fields – and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture applied to be participants in the hearing, allowing them to submit written comments for consideration.

All of those applying for participant status are opposed to the campground’s expansion, and included Jim and Susan Denison, Michael Mulroney and Chris Howland.

“I am very interested in this matter,” said Mulroney, who described himself as the third-generation of his family to live on a property adjacent to the Freedom Fields site.

The OFA opposed the campground being expanded on land that could be used for agricultural purposes.

Gibson said she objected to the tribunal allowing her neighbours take part as participants.

She argued that none of those applying failed to show the re-zoning application violated the township and county official plans or provincial policy statements about rural development.

Gibson said most of their submissions were “biased, discriminatory and libellous” and focused on the nudity at the ranch rather than planning issues.

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Source: Whig Standard

Original publication June 25, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 27th June 2019

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Four Cornwall beaches named among the cleanest and safest in the UK
Blue Flags, Seaside Awards, and water quality ratings have all been taken into account

A list of the UK’s cleanest and safest beaches has been compiled by Ann’s Cottage surf shop.

Four Cornish beaches have been named among the top 11; Porthtowan, Porthmeor, Carbis Bay, and Widemouth Sand.

The research has taken several factors into account. Each of the featured locations has earned itself a water quality rating of ‘excellent’, a Blue Flag status, a Seaside Award, and has proven negligible traces of e. coli or enterococci in the past year.

Porthtowan Beach
Porthtowan Beach

The annual Blue Flag and Seaside Awards were announced last month. This year Cornwall has the second most Blue Flag and Seaside Awards in the UK, behind Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Six beaches in the county have received both Blue Flag and Seaside status; Gyllyngvase in Falmouth, Porthmeor in St Ives, Porthtowan, Widemouth Bay, Trevone Bay and Newquay’s Great Western.

Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, the organisation responsible for the awards in the UK, said: “Visiting beaches with the Blue Flag or Seaside Award status means beach-goers can feel more relaxed in a setting that is environmentally considerate.”

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Source: CornwallLive

Original publication 3 JUN 2019

Posted on NatCorn 7th June 2019

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Cornwall’s Blue Flag or Seaside Award beaches 2019 are named
Cornwall has more Blue Flag and Seaside Awards than any other region in the UK

More than a dozen beaches in Cornwall have been awarded for being among the cleanest and safest in the UK.

The 14 Cornwall beaches to have achieved either world-renowned Blue Flag or Seaside Award status – or both – will be celebrated at Trevone Bay, Padstow, on Wednesday [15 May].

Blue Flags, an international quality mark for beaches, reassure visitors and locals that Cornwall’s key areas are clean, safe and recommended, boosting tourism, business and helping inspire return visits.

Blue Flags and Seaside Awards are only awarded to coastal destinations that boast the highest qualities of water, facilities, safety, keep clean programmes, environmental management.

Porthtowan Beach
Porthtowan

Alongside this, Blue Flag beaches have to run a minimum of five educational activities for the local community and visitors to make people aware of the importance of looking after the natural environment.

Six Cornwall beaches have received both Blue Flag and Seaside status; Gyllyngvase in Falmouth , Porthmeor in St Ives , Porthtowan, Widemouth Bay, Trevone Bay and Newquay’s Great Western.

Crackington Haven, Perranporth, Polzeath, Porth, Porthminster, Sennen, Crooklets and Summerleaze were awarded Seaside Awards.

This year Cornwall has the second most Blue Flag and Seaside Awards in the UK, behind Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

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Source: CornwallLive

Original publication 15 MAY 2019

Posted on NatCorn 20th May 2019

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Aussies strip off for nude snaps at country’s famous spots: ‘Everyone loves being naked’
NUDISTS are loving this body-positivity craze.

Get Naked Australia amassed a huge following of 230,000 followers on Instagram. The account, which was started by Brendan Jones, shares photos of Aussies promoting body positivity. Brendan, from Sydney, began the account after getting a positive response to some cheeky skinny dipping snaps online. Since then, the 29-year-old is inundated everyday with fresh nude photos from across the country.


BODY-POSITIVITY: The people do it for a good reason
BODY-POSITIVITY: The people do it for a good reason PEN NEWS / GET NAKED AUSTRALIA

He said: “Myself and a group of friends started hiking to really remote locations. “We’d often find swimming holes and there was never anyone around so we naturally just stripped off and jumped in. “I got a few snaps of our bums in nature and shared it to my personal Instagram and the response was generally along the lines of ‘good on you’ and ‘looks like fun.’ “So I decided to create an Instagram page and call it Get Naked Australia.”

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Source: Daily Star

Original publication 25th April 2019

Posted on NatCorn 29th April 2019

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We did not invent clothes simply to stay warm
Clothes are not a necessity for everyone, so why do we bother wearing clothes at all?

Stephen Gough likes to be naked; so much so, it has cost him his freedom. He has spent a combined total of 10 years in prison for showing too much skin in public, having been arrested multiple times.

At some point early humans needed to cover up
At some point early humans needed to cover up Entressan/SPL

Gough, also known as the "naked rambler", prefers to get naked when temperatures warm up. He is not a danger to the public, but when he walked naked from John o'Groats to Lands' End in the UK in 2003, he caused outcries around the country. When he attempted the journey again he was quickly arrested. In prison he was often put into solitary confinement for his refusal to wear clothes.

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Source: BBC

Original publication 19 September 2016

Posted on NatCorn 31st March 2019

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Strip tease: Nudists protest apartment block to be built behind their Costa Blanca hideaway
NUDISTS are angry about an apartment block that has sprung up behind their strip of Costa Blanca beach, claiming it will subject them to voyeurs and peeping Toms.

The women’s group Aquarela, who organised a naked protest bathe last week, say they used to enjoy the seclusion offered by tamarisks and pine trees on the L’Almadrava beach in Denia to go about their hobby in peace. But now a concrete block of five floors with 68 apartments has stripped the nudists of privacy, and will bring unwarranted ‘stares’, ‘aggression’ and ‘judgements’.
SAFE HAVEN The L’Almadrava beach is one of the last untouched strips of beach in Marina Alta
SAFE HAVEN The L’Almadrava beach is one of the last untouched strips of beach in Marina Alta

“I arrived here 15 years ago. This beach has remained virgin until now and it was a joy to enjoy its tranquility,” an Aquarela member told Levante. “We have bathed naked without problems — but now we have to defend what we have done with naturalness and freedom.” The nudists say L’Almadrava has long been neglected due to its thick sand and posidonia seagrass. But it was precisely this undesirability that has kept the ‘last virgin beach’ in the comarca of Alta Marina quiet, secluded and untouched. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Olive Press

Original publication 15 Mar, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 17th March 2019

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Big Beach Cleans – Newquay Zoo
Help us keep the shores clean this summer!

These FREE events will give you the chance to help the environment and learn more about local species, biodiversity and the shores around us.

Newquay, famously known for its beaches, is in need of a clean up to protect our local wildlife and beautiful coastlines. With litter being brought in by the tide and visitors to the beaches it has never been more important to help clean up our sands and learn a little on the way.

By helping us with our coastal clean ups, you could also be in with a chance of winning a penguin experience for two at Newquay Zoo. Simply book onto a beach clean with us to enter!*

Locations and Times:
Saturday 22nd June – Porth Beach, Newquay, Time 13:00 until 16:00 approx.

Saturday 21st September – Towan Beach, Newquay, Time 13:00 until 16:00 approx.

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Source: Newquay Zoo

Posted on NatCorn 12th March 2019

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Nudist ranch zoning appeal wins early victory at planning tribunal

The Township of Stone Mills failed in its bid to stop a planning appeal from a couple wanting to expand a clothing-optional campground.

In a decision released last week, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal denied the township’s application to have the couple’s appeal thrown out.

Yvonne Gibson of Freedom Fields Naturist Ranch says she is encouraged by a planning appeals tribunal decision that will let her continue to fight to expand a clothing-optional campground at a property near Tamworth
Yvonne Gibson of Freedom Fields Naturist Ranch says she is encouraged by a planning appeals tribunal decision that will let her continue to fight to expand a clothing-optional campground at a property near Tamworth Elliot Ferguson/The Whig-Standard

The validity decision doesn’t settle the matter, it only lets the case go on to a hearing, if necessary.

Last year, Yvonne Gibson and her husband, Hector Gravelle, started the process to have their 40-hectare property on Carroll Road rezoned to allow them to expand the campground at Freedom Fields Naturist Ranch, which they have operated without the proper zoning since 2012.

In April of this year, Stone Mills Township council voted 4-3 to refuse the rezoning application, a decision that went against recommendations from township staff and consultants report. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Kingston Whig-Standard

Original publication November 19, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 27th November 2018

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Naturism in the jungles
Being nude is normal in many cultures, not surprisingly, mostly in tropical regions. Hot and humid climate discourages clothes. Amazon Indians are a prime example, but primordial naturism is everywhere.

Goran Šafarek is a world traveler and river expert. He has encountered many such cases during his voyages. You can read more on his blog. Here, he will write more about being nude in the jungle.

The state of nude is natural to many native people around the world. The clothes are welcomed as a protection against the cold and other elements, including insects, it could also be cumbersome. But, even in civilized place, I have witnessed that being naked is nothing to be ashamed.

I remember paddling on a wild river in west Madagascar. After a hard day on the river, scorched by the sun in our wooden canoe, we have finally landed on a nice sandy beach. It is almost savannah, with scattered trees and lots of tall grasslands. The clouds were already red and yellow from the setting sun.

As we were pitching the camp, the people from the nearby village came. They were clearly peasants, poor, but proud. They greeted us and we greeted them. Older women started washing the clothes and dishes, while a group of young girls entered to take a bath. They were around 16, maybe older, it was difficult to guess. They were totally naked, not more than ten meters in front of us, vazaha, and in front of their parents and other adults. Their slender, wet bodies glistening on the red sun were darker than the milky brown river. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Naturism Girl

Original publication 18/11/2018

Posted on NatCorn 25th November 2018

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Why I love nudist hiking?
As a true naturist there is nothing I enjoy more then being in nature…without clothes. As I said so many times before, for me there is something very special in the feeling of freedom that is given to you when you are truly becoming one with the nature, without chains of clothes. And nudist hiking is one of the purest feelings of being alive.

Every part of nature is important to me. If I had to choose between the sea, rivers, lakes, mountains, forests I could not choose my favourite. To me, there is something special and unique in every single of them. But at the same time all of them have one thing in common – providing that special feeling of freedom and perhaps more important – feeling of being alive.

There is a peace of my heart that is reserved only for mountains. And nudist hiking. I love hiking in the spring/summer/autumn when the weather is good and it is “easy” to go to the top of the mountain. But I also love to hike in the winter when the snow is reaching over my knees and I really have to invest a lot of effort to make my way trought the snow to the top. And it is worth of it every single time. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Naturism Girl

Original publication October 16th, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 22nd October 2018

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UNDERWATER WORLD Heatwave reveals ‘Lost Valley’ as reservoirs dries up exposing roads and buildings of community submerged 60 years ago
The people of Nanquitho were forced to leave to make way for the Drift Reservoir, completed in 1961

A LOST valley submerged underwater for decades has been uncovered by the summer heatwave.

Old stone walls, outlines of buildings, gate posts and even roads now stand in the open air once again on the dried-up bed of Drift Reservoir.

Roads, walls and gateposts have emerged from the depths at Drift Reservoir after the summer heatwave
Roads, walls and gateposts have emerged from the depths at Drift Reservoir after the summer heatwave SWNS:SOUTH WEST NEWS SERVICE

The resurrected ruins were once home to a community that was forced to leave when construction on the reservoir began.

Margaret Pengelly still remembers living in the Lost Valley – the name given to the flooded area by locals who still remember the community was ever there.

Margaret moved to Trewidden Vean, a substantial farm, and the smallholding at Nanquitho near Penzance. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Sun

Original publication 10th September 2018

Posted on NatCorn 25th September 2018

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Rare bird puts paid to second nude beach in Belgium
The chance that Belgium will approve a second naturist beach at the coast became less likely after a report by the Flemish Agency for Nature and Woodland, which said that the activities of naturists could be a risk to a rare bird.

At present the Belgian coast has one naturist beach where naked sunbathing is permitted, at Bredene. But the beach is very popular, which led the Belgian Naturism Federation to request permission to open a second beach where naked sunbathing is permitted. Their attention fell on a little-used beach near Westende. “At that spot there is no construction or seafront overlooking the beach,” said the organisation’s president Koen Meulemans in Het Nieuwsblad.

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However the nature agency raised objections with Flemish environment minister Joke Schauvliege, based on the presence at that spot of the crested lark (Galerida cristata), a rare bird which broods on the ground, and might be disturbed by what the agency called “subsidiary activities” related to the nudist beach, including visitors having sex in the dunes as well as leaving rubbish behind. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Brussels Times

Original publication 13 July 2018

Posted on NatCorn 2nd August 2018