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Today Is World Naked Gardening Day, Here’s Why People Are Taking Part

by : Cameron Frew on : 02 May 2020 18:17
Today Is World Naked Gardening Day, Here's Why People Are Taking PartToday Is World Naked Gardening Day, Here's Why People Are Taking Partmy_little_allotment/Instagram/thomasstephen29/Twitter

Today marks the 16th annual World Naked Gardening Day, as green-fingered folks all across the world tend to their plants in the buff. 

On the first Saturday of May every year, there’s a few more plums in people’s gardens. Clothes are whipped off and pots are tended to as gardeners strip, all in the name of good fun.

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It’s a celebration without any particular agenda, ‘all that’s involved is getting naked and making the world’s gardens healthier and prettier’. Fortunately, Brits were blessed with some sunshine – what a re-leaf.

Kirsty Ward was one of many naked gardeners filling up the watering can today. She grows ‘everything you can imagine’, with lots of varieties of fruit and vegetables you don’t get in the shops – including ‘pineberries… white strawberries that taste like pineapple’.

Kirsty has been taking part in World Naked Gardening Day for the past two years, saying it’s ‘great fun’. ‘A lot of people I follow on Twitter and Instagram take part too so it’s great seeing everyone’s pictures,’ she told UNILAD.

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For any hesitant people out there, Kirsty encouraged: 

At first you feel quite nervous about it but honestly it’s so liberating being outside without your kit on. Everyone should give it a go.

Kirsty explained there’s an absolutely massive gardening and allotment community online. ‘Quite a few are involved and I share a lot of the photos on my stories on Instagram. Everyone has a great laugh,’ she said.

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Thomas Stephen was another naked gardener taking in the good weather. ‘I did it last year when I was off work due to broken ribs as a laugh and I actually enjoyed it, so when it came round this year and with the hot sunny weather I thought why not,’ he told us.

He echoed Kirsty’s sentiment that it’s all good fun and people should have a go, saying:

Give it a try if you haven’t before, it’s not as bad as people think and fells very liberating; at the very least you get to say you tried it and have a slightly funny awkward story to tell.

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The official World Naked Gardening Day website adds more about benefits of the celebration, explaining that ‘our culture needs to move toward a healthy sense of both body acceptance and our relation to the natural environment’, and naked gardening reminds us ‘we can be honest with who we are as humans and as part of this planet’.

However, Kirsty added: ‘Just be careful of the thorns and nettles.’ Now that’s some sage advice.

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: Life, Environment

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  1. Kirsty Ward/Instagram

    @my_little_allotment

  2. Thomas/Twitter

    @thomasstephen29

  3. World Naked Gardening Day

    World Naked Gardening Day