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World Naked Gardening Day



Happy World Naked Gardening Day!

 

First of all; yes, this is a real thing. Unfortunately, Mr Turnbull hasn’t declared it a public holiday, but we have written to him and enclosed one beautiful selfie to sway his mind.

 

The Annual World Naked Gardening Day (#WNGD) is the first Saturday in May, and encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to bond over pruning and weeding naked. Families plant their vegetable patches, old ladies pluck their petunias and dad is left raking up all the leaves and pulling weeds in preparation for winter – all stark naked! The more adventurous naked gardener can be seen adorning the birthday suit whilst weeding the public park.

 

So we thought to ourselves; why garden naked? Is it about connecting with the planet, getting back to our roots or even just feeling the cool Autumn breeze coupled with the warm glow of the sun on our naked skin? According to the official website of World Naked Gardening Day (yes it even has a website) – it’s all the above and more.

 

Second to swimming, gardening is apparently right up there with family-friendly activities you would consider doing naked. Now I know my body doesn’t need to be embraced by the neighbourhood as I prune the hedges (no sexual innuendo intended), but the #WNGD website does raise a very valid point. With our modern culture so caught up in the complexities of body image and self image, our culture could do with a healthy sense of body acceptance in relation to our natural environment. So why not ditch the clothes and embrace nature like our ancestors did; free of judgement and thought.

 

So now I’ve convinced you to participate; how do you take part? It’s pretty simple. Step 1, get naked; and Step 2, do some gardening. Do it by yourself, do it with friends, family or groups. Do it in your back yard or front yard; we don’t care just be one with the planet. We don’t condone doing it in a public place, or doing it with strangers, and there are laws against public nudity, so public nudity is at your own risk!

 

Finally, share your experience. This is for everyone. Tell your friends, post on your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Snapchat what it was like to be naked with nature, even if only for a while. Again – public nudity pictures are not widely accepted on these sites; if you really want to share those cheeky selfies to someone, try https://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm with the subject “make WNGD a public holiday Malcolm!”

 

Feel free to submit your stories to us and we’ll get them up on our website and Facebook page.

 

“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.”

– Barbara Pollard of Abbey House Gardens

 

Article by Troy Reid, 123 Tradies


May 5, 2017
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