As temperatures soar around the UK, Brits have been flocking to parks and beaches to enjoy the sun.
But if you are lucky enough to have a garden, you may consider spending some time there to relax and sunbathe.
One option may be to sunbathe in your garden naked, but it is important to be aware of the rules around it.
While sunbathing naked is not against the law, it may become an offence if it causes distress or alarm to others, Bristol Live reports.
If your neighbours see you and take offence from it, you could be breaking the law – if it can be proved that you wanted to cause distress.
A police spokesperson said: “Under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, it is not an offence for a person to appear naked in public but it becomes an offence if it can be proved that the person stripped off with the intention to cause distress, alarm or outrage.”
The Crown Prosecution Service adds: “In the case of naturism a balance needs to be struck between the naturist’s right to freedom of expression and the right of the wider public to be protected from harassment, alarm and distress.”
For this reason, those who want to sunbathe naked are advised to be “discreet” and possibly informing their neighbours of their intention.
To avoid breaking the rules, you should make sure your neighbours will not get offended, or that you are in a garden where nobody can see you.
Alternatively, you can find a nudist beach close to your home, where you can sunbathe naked with other fellow naturists.
Surrey Police previously shared a post about the issue after a row between neighbours in Reigate.
The post read: “If you want to wander around your garden naked and you are overlooked by neighbours then you have to be careful – an Englishman’s home is not quite his castle and your garden is not exempt from the law.
“In an ideal world, your relationship with your neighbours would be such that they would not object to you gardening in the buff and they would never dream of calling the police.
“In the real world, however, you would be well advised to take some simple precautions.”
The police suggested sunbathing in one part of the garden that’s screened from view.
“You will have to decide whether your desire to be naked in your garden is more important to you than being on friendly terms with those around you,” it said.
“No-one has the right to spy on you and if you find that your neighbour is leaning out of an upstairs window or standing on the top of a step ladder in order to see you then he or she may well be committing an offence.”
Following the statement, they said it was actually incorrect and – in fact – it’s ok as long as you aren’t causing distress to others.
The law is clear in that an offence is only possible if the naked person had the intention to cause alarm or distress.