This year environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is presenting 190 awards to England’s very best beaches, including 65 international Blue Flags and 125 Seaside Awards (eight more than last year), with 42 beaches achieving both awards. This includes awards to Torridge District Council’s Westward Ho! beach.
Westward Ho! joins the country’s very best beaches, from popular holiday spots to quiet, more hidden-away spots. What unites them all is knowing that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standards.
This is the 15th consecutive year that Westward Ho! has received the Blue Flag and Seaside Award. It is currently the only beach in North Devon to meet the high standards of facilities and excellent water quality required to attain a Blue Flag designation. Backed by the pebble ridge and Northam Burrows Country Park, the golden sands of Westward Ho! beach stretch for over 2 miles at low tide. Popular with visitors throughout the year, this award supports its claim to be the area’s premier seaside destination.
Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said:
“The success of the 148 beaches in reaching the very high standards demanded by both awards is a testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches – from beach managers and volunteers to local people and businesses.
“When you enjoy a trip to a beach flying an international Blue Flag or Seaside Award, you know you are on one of the safest, cleanest and very best in the country.”
Councillor Phil Pennington – Lead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure said:
“Torridge District Council is honoured that Westward Ho! beach has attained the Blue Flag and Seaside Award for the 15th year in a row. As one of only a handful of beaches in Northern Devon to achieve Blue Flag status, it is clear this is not an easy feat. The authority is committed to providing excellent facilities and the highest safety and environmental standards so that every visitor has a wonderful experience. That’s why people come back again and again”
Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity that cares for the environment on your doorstep. We work to eliminate litter, reduce waste and improve public space. We run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit www.keepbritaintidy.org.
The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a non-governmental and non-profit organisation, launched the Blue Flag programme in 1987. Keep Britain Tidy administers the scheme in England. To be awarded a Blue Flag, beaches must comply with a number of criteria covering environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, safety and services.
The Seaside Award is run by Keep Britain Tidy and recognises and rewards beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management and, in the case of bathing beaches, meet the required standards for water quality.
Westward Ho! beach and Northam Burrows Country Park are managed by Torridge District Council. More information is available at www.torridge.gov.uk/westward-ho