Kiwi nudists planning mass naked gardening day to benefit local food charities

Kiwi nudists planning mass naked gardening day to benefit local food charities
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Kiwi nudists are planning a mass naked gardening day to help support and give fresh vegetables to families in need.

National Nude Gardening Day is coming up on Saturday and makes up part of National Gardening Week, which began on Monday.

New Zealand Naturist Foundation president Wendy Lowe says Nude Gardening Day is all about getting closer to nature and having some fun. And while masks may be on this year, the rest is coming off.

"Labour Weekend is always marked on the calendar as the date to get the kit off, spruce up your bushes and plant up the veggie garden," she says.

"All our clubs around the country will be getting it off and getting into the garden to plant an extra row. While the weather is never guaranteed to be warm, we have some very brave members."

The theme of National Gardening Week this year is 'grow to give' and people are encouraged to grow an extra row and donate the surplus vegetables to families in need through a local food bank, community pantry, or another food donation agency.

Garden company Yates is helping people get their extra row underway by sending a free packet of vegetable seeds to people who register online by October 25.

Yates marketing manager Fiona Arthur says Labour Weekend is the perfect time to get the garden ready for the coming season's fruits and vegetables, either with or without clothes, but she offers a word of caution for those who will be taking part in National Nude Gardening Day.

"The practice of nude gardening adds a whole new dimension to connecting with nature but it can be hazardous so you need to watch out for sharp bits and stinging insects," she says.

"Apart from that, it's a great way to welcome in the summer and get a top-up of Vitamin D. Just be sure to warn your neighbours."

The New Zealand Naturist Foundation has around 1600 members and Auckland is the country's oldest club, celebrating over 70 years.