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Being a naturist means being free to live in harmony with nature, in a social, clothes-free environment. It is about respecting others, not for what they do or what they earn, but for who they are as a person.

Social nudity started in Germany in the first part of the last century, after rebellions against the moral attitudes of the 19th century. Naturism spread into other European countries after the First World War.

Naturism, for Blackthorns, started in 1959 when following the World Naturist Congress, held in the grounds of  Woburn Abbey in 1958, a group got together and formed a club.

More recently, relaxed attitudes towards nudity have given people the opportunity to try swimming and sunbathing in the nude.

Once they try it, most agree that naturism is a truly liberating experience. Feeling the sun on your entire body or swimming in complete freedom is one of life's true pleasures.