Robin Wood outrage as nudist cult of Little Johns colonises Sherwood Forest

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A cult of male nudists has colonised the Nottingham wood where Robin Hood and his Merry Men stole from the well-endowed, campaigners have warned.

Bird charity the RSPB and Nottingham County Council were asked by petitioners to clamp down on crowds of naked men spotted wandering around Sherwood Forest.

A horrified female cyclist reported being flashed by a gleeful nudist.

The unlucky woman's husband took to the internet to vent his frustrations at the nudists, who are said to gather in groups of 12.

He wrote: “Every day, in good weather, nudists can be seen.

“The police state it is an offence if we find it offensive, which we do.

“There is a nudists’ retreat nearby that they can use, away from the public.

"Instead of discouraging this minority, the RSPB have stated that the nudists are welcome so long as they wear clothes when leaving and returning to their cars.

“There is no need to walk about naked. Clothes do not stop you enjoying the forest.”

Observers couldn't help but compare the unwanted visitors to Little John, Robin Hood's 7ft-tall right-hand man.

Sherwood Forest was immortalised by the exploits of Hood and his Merry Men, who called the ancient wood their home.

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A 1000-year-old oak tree, Major Oak, is another hot spot of the iconic territory.

An RSPB spokesperson discouraged naturism and advised nudists to spend time at nearby Budby South Forest, a popular naturist haunt.

They added: “The RSPB does not tolerate sexual, abusive or intimidating behaviour of any kind under any circumstances and anyone encountering this behaviour should contact the police as soon as possible.”

Naturism is not technically illegal, with local authorities unable to outlaw the practice in areas where nudists cause no harm.

A communities manager at Nottingham County Council nevertheless recommended members of the public offended by the practice should contact police.

Mick Allen said: “We would encourage anyone who feels harassed, alarmed or distressed by the actions of any other users of the forest to report the matter to the police immediately.”

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