Beaches scoop prestigious Blue Flag awards

By Dylan Davies   |   News editor   |
Monday 17th May 2021 2:34 pm
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Llangrannog beach is among those to have received a Blue Flag award

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Six beaches in Ceredigion and six in Gwynedd have scooped prestigious Blue Flag awards for the coming year.

Aberystwyth North, Borth, Llangrannog, New Quay Harbour and Tresaith have all retained the prestigious Blue Flag status, with Aberystwyth South adding its name to the list from 2019.

The six Blue Flags in Gwynedd have been awarded to Barmouth, Abersoch, Dinas Dinlle, Morfa Bychan, Pwllheli and Aberdaron.

Keep Wales Tidy this week unveiled the 73 coastal areas that have met the high standards needed to receive the prestigious Blue Flag, Green Coast Award and Seaside Award.

Across the country, 45 Blue Flags are flying at 42 beaches and three marinas.

The iconic Blue Flag is a world-renowned eco-label owned by the Foundation for Environmental Education. For more than three decades, Blue Flag has had a transformational impact on water quality, safety and environmental management, it has also inspired environmental awareness through education activities and promotion of social responsibility.

An impressive 13 beaches out of the 25 across Wales to the Seaside Award for their standard of water quality and facilities are in Ceredigion.

Cilborth, Llanrhystud, Mwnt, Aberporth, Aberystwyth South, Aberystwyth North, Clarach, Penbryn, Traeth y Dolau, Borth, Llangrannog, New Quay Harbour and Tresaith have all been given a Seaside Award by adjudicators.

Two Seaside Awards were awarded to Cricceith Traeth y Promenade and Tywyn in Gwynedd.

A further 13 beaches in Wales have gained the Green Coast Award, recognising the ‘hidden gems’ along our coastline, four of which are in Ceredigion, namely Cilborth, Llanrhystud, Mwnt and Penbryn.

This continued success across the Welsh coast is down to everyone who kept working during the difficulties of last year and who continue to improve and protect the coastal environments here in Wales.

No flags were flown last year in Wales due to Covid-19 restrictions, and this year is a real cause for celebration as beaches and marinas continue to maintain a high standard of water quality, cleanliness and environmental practices during very challenging circumstances.

Lesley Jones, Keep Wales Tidy chief executive said: We are lucky to have some of the world’s best beaches and marinas on our doorstep. The success is a testament to everyone who has worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches and keep our coast clean and safe.

“With local services under immense pressure due to Covid-19, we all needed to pull together to look after our natural environment. We hope that visitors returning to our stunning coastline will cherish it more than ever and enjoy our beaches responsibly. Please make sure you make memories, not mess and take your litter home with you.”

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