The closure is due to the ongoing complaints of anti-social behaviour and is scheduled to come into effect on the 1st of July.
Conservation Manager at the The Holkham Estate, Sarah Henderson, has said: “It is sad we have been forced to take this step due to the persistent anti-social behaviour of a minority of people. The management and control of these activities has been an increasing concern to me and my team who look after the reserve so we have had to take action to ban all nudism. We have consulted with the police and discussed the issues and options. The decision has been made to implement a total ban for the better management and future safety of all our visitors.”
This is of course an unfortunate situation for all Naturists who have enjoyed visiting the beach over the years, and it is too worrying to all Naturists in Britain who may now be wondering what the future holds for their local Naturist beaches and resorts.
Representatives of British Naturism have been speaking to numerous journalists and reporters to express BN’s concern over this decision and British Naturism will also be working with The Holkham Estate to find an alternative solution in which the problems can be addressed without the complete eradication of Naturism from the beach.
BN have given the following statement: “It’s a great shame that the Holkham Estate have chosen to take this action and we look forward to working with them to find a better solution. We have experience of similar issues on other beaches where we have worked with landowners and other stakeholders to eradicate the problem. It’s a pity that a small minority of people that have nothing to do with the Naturist community spoil things for the rest. Naturists have used Holkham for many decades and enjoyed a healthy, wholesome, relaxing, fun and family-friendly activity on this stunning beach. It also may surprise people to know that there is no law against simple nudity and so the whole concept of a “ban” is questionable. The thousands of Naturists making a pilgrimage to Holkham beach are also spending money locally in hotels, restaurants, shops and car parks and so the wider community benefits. An IPSOS-MORI poll in 2011 revealed that there are 4 million Naturists in the UK.”
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