Locals complain of large groups of naturists at famed woodland engaging in inappropriate behaviour in front of their eyes
As far as the legend goes, the Sheriff of Nottingham never had to contend with brazen displays of nudity from Robin Hood and his Merry Men during their struggle for control of Sherwood Forest.
But the tranquility of the modern day forest has been shattered by just that, with some of the hundreds of visitors attracted to Sherwood Forest every year getting more eye-opening sights than they bargained for.
Walkers and cyclists complained that their enjoyment of its wildlife, flora and fauna – including the Major Oak, a 1,000-year-old tree thought to be one of the oldest in the country – has been ruined by the regular sight of naked flesh.
A petition has now been launched urging the RSPB and Nottinghamshire county council to get tough on large groups of men, and the occasional woman, who have been reportedly seen “skulking” naked amidst the forest’s tree cover.
The petition comes after an incident on July 15 when a lone female cyclist was flashed by a man hiding in the bushes.
Her husband said online: “In recent times, nudists have started walking around here, sometimes in groups of up to 12 men. My wife used to regularly jog around the forest, but stopped when she came across this group of men.
“The reason this needs to be discouraged is on the afternoon of July 15, my wife was cycling through Budby Moor when she was confronted by a naked man in the bushes who was self-gratifying himself as she went by.”
The RSPB, which manages the connected reserves of Sherwood Forest and Budby South Forest, admits naturism is tolerated in some restricted parts of the forest, as long as “certain behaviours are adhered to”.
Source: The Telegraph
Original publication 5 August, 2021
Posted on NatCorn 7th August 2021
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