Widemouth Bay wins Blue Flag Award
The Blue Flag Beach Award is considered by many as the gold standard for beaches. It is awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education and is an international quality mark for beaches across the globe.
Eight beaches in Cornwall have been award the Blue Flag, which is the most amount of beaches in a single county. These awards are handed out for cleanliness, safety and for meeting the highest environmental and bathing standards.
For the 4th year running our very own Widemouth Bay has been awarded the Blue Flag along with the Seaside Award making Widemouth Bay one of the best beach destinations in the UK. This is a huge accolade and wouldn’t have been possible without the local communities and local environmental groups working tirelessly to care for our beaches and educating others to do so.
The iconic blue flag reassures visitors that the beaches are clean, safe and recommended. Blue Flags and Seaside Awards are only awarded to coastal destinations that boast the highest qualities of water, facilities, safety, keep clean programmes, environmental education and management.
Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, Sue James, welcomed the Cornish Blue Flag and Seaside Awards saying: “Our success in being awarded so many Blue Flag and Seaside Awards confirm what we who live here already know – that Cornish beaches are among the best in the world.”
Sue continued, “I want to thank all those people in communities across Cornwall, who have given their time and dedication to looking after our beautiful beaches. They should all be rightly proud of these awards. Local bathing champions and beach “guardians” who raise awareness about marine litter and those who organise beach cleans all play a really valuable role in helping us to protect and maintain Cornwall’s reputation as a great place to live and a wonderful place to visit. I also want to thank Sharp’s Brewery who once again played a key role in sponsoring the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards applications.”
A huge thank you to everyone involved in helping to keep Widemouth Bay beautiful. We are proud to be able to teach our surfing lessons from Widemouth Bay.