Planning on gardening naked? Here’s what you need to know about the law
What the law says about getting naked
With warmer weather on the way, it is finally time to peel off those layers.
Whether it’s sun bathing, gardening or a spot of al fresco dining, many of us can’t wait to get out there and enjoy the great outdoors.
Some, may even want to throw caution to the wind and strip off entirely.
But beware – you could get into trouble for doing just that if it causes offence.
The law says it is not an offence to be naked in public. But it can become an offence if being so causes distress or alarm to others, reports the Hull Daily Mail.
What does the Crown Prosecution say about being naked in your own garden?
The CPS says: “In the absence of any sexual context and in relation to nudity where the person has no intention to cause alarm or distress it will normally be appropriate to take no action unless members of the public were actually caused harassment, alarm or distress (as opposed to considering the likelihood of this).
“In this case such conduct should be regarded as at most amounting to an offence under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986; and regard needs to be had to the question of whether a prosecution is in the public interest.”
Aside from the Public Order Act, there are other areas you could fall foul of if you decide to mow the lawn without covering up.
Original publication 16 APR 2018
Posted on NatCorn 6th May 2019