Great Western Beach Resized

Once again seven Cornish beaches will be flying Blue Flags this summer with Cornwall receiving one of the largest number of Blue Flag and Seaside Awards in the country.

Prestigious Blue Flags, the international standard for the best beaches in the world, will be flying this season at Cornwall Council’s Gyllyngvase in Falmouth; Porthminster and Porthmeor in St Ives; Polzeath; Porthtowan; Trevone and Widemouth, near Bude. All seven have also been successful in their bid for a Seaside Award.

Porth near Newquay, Crooklets and Summerleaze in Bude have been successful in once again winning Keep Britain Tidy’s own Seaside Award for the beaches that meet the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.

Winning Seaside Awards for the very first time are Perranporth beach, Great Western, Newquay and Sennen Cove.

The awards have been sponsored by Sharp’s Brewery Limited with Cornwall Council co-ordinating the applications, and the work required to make sure that the beaches reach the exacting standards required to win made possible through the efforts of community groups, beach champions and local businesses.

Sharp’s Brewery, based in Rock, Cornwall has played a key role in sponsoring the Blue Flag initiative and Seaside Awards. This year 5p from every pint of Sharp’s limited edition beers: Two Tides, Rye Rock, Dawn Patrol, Fathoms Deep and Doom Bar Reserve, will be contributed to the prestigious Blue Flag initiative.

James Nicholls, Senior Brand Manager at Sharp’s Brewery, said: “With Sharp’s Brewery being based in Rock, North Cornwall, the coastline and our beaches are deeply important to us. We are delighted to have supported the Blue Flag initiative over the last two years and raising over £28,000 through sales of our exceptional, limited release beers. We are extremely proud to be supporting the coastal community again, helping these beautiful beaches obtain and retain the prestigious Blue Flag status and Seaside Awards that they so highly deserve. The Blue Flag Initiative does a fantastic job of supporting beaches and communities in coastal areas, and we are pleased to be supporting the charity again within our heartland of Cornwall.”

Cornwall Council Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods Paul Masters said: “It is fantastic to see what can be achieved when sponsors, local beach champions and the Council work together to achieve these really excellent results for Cornwall. It’s great to see how everyone has stepped up to support their beaches. It is not just the cost of the application itself which needs to be factored in but all the work that needs to be carried out for a beach to be worthy of a Blue Flag or Seaside Award. The sponsorship and practical efforts of all concerned, which has helped Cornwall Council to make the applications, is to be applauded.”

Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive, Visit Cornwall said: “This is great news for local residents and our visitors – it show the quality of these beaches and give people the reassurance on the excellence of the beaches and bathing waters. A huge thanks you for all those involved and to Sharp’s Brewery for supporting the awards.”

Lee Gamble from Newquay Adventure Ltd said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won a Seaside Award for Great Western- Newquay’s original surfing beach! We’re hugely excited to have taken on the task of looking after the beach and restoring it to its former glory. Central to our plan is our commitment to sustainability. We’re working with a number of amazing organisations and individuals, including BeachCare, #2minutebeachclean and the beach team at Cornwall Council, to look at ways we can introduce sustainable practices throughout the beach- to cover visitors’ entire beach experience. This includes a new café with compostable tumblers and tableware, signage with eco-related infographics, an onsite composter, water conservation, and the removal of marine waste. And now we get to celebrate all this with an award! We’ll be honoured to fly the Seaside Award flag high over Great Western.”

A spokesperson for Perranzabuloe Parish Council said: “We are pleased and proud to have received the Seaside Award for Perranporth Beach. The beach is a central part of the community and much loved by residents and visitors alike, who have voted it the No. 1 in Cornwall on TripAdvisor. We would like to thank the range of agencies, businesses and individuals who work together to help to look after this beautiful and precious beach, making it a safe and special place to enjoy.”

Staying safe and top tips on enjoying our beautiful award winning beaches are available from BeachWise. Launched last summer, BeachWise includes beach safety advice and useful information from a range of partners including Cornwall Council, Environment Agency, Keep Britain Tidy, Marine Conservation Society, RNLI, South West Coast Path Association, South West Water, Surf Life Saving Great Britain and Visit Cornwall.

Malcolm Bell, who is Chairman of the BeachWise Forum as well as Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall, said: “All of our partner organisations, in one way or another, are involved in promoting and protecting our beaches and coastal waters and want to encourage residents and visitors to enjoy them in safety. However, with so many different sources of useful information it’s not always easy for people to know where to look it. We therefore joined forces to put all that information in one place, displayed in a fun and interactive way: BeachWise.

Story posted 23 May 2017