From the 2-Minute Foundation:
Crooklets, Summerleaze and Widemouth, three popular beaches in Bude, Cornwall, have received awards for their water quality, safety services and environmental management.
The Blue Flag and Seaside Awards were bestowed upon the beaches after a collaborative effort from the local community. The 2 Minute Foundation, a local litter picking charity, the RNLI, Cornwall Council, Sharps Brewery and Visit Cornwall were all involved in making sure the beaches met the high standards required.
Martin Dorey, CEO of beach cleaning charity The 2 Minute Foundation said: “As the founder of a beach cleaning charity based in Bude, I am delighted that our initiative has helped Crooklets to win its first Blue Flag since 2009. Our pilot 2 Minute Beach Clean station was placed at Crooklets in 2014.”
“As one of the Beach Champions for Crooklets, I am equally delighted for the team who made this happen. It’s great for the town, great for our lovely little corner of Cornwall and great that visitors will be able to come here knowing our beaches are among the best.”
The Blue Flag is awarded to beaches with excellent water quality and environmental educational services as well as for cleanliness and great accessibility. Seaside Awards are presented to the best beaches in England. Sites are assessed for safety and services, water quality, diversity and information.
Crooklets Beach in Bude last received The Blue Flag in 2009, meaning that the local community have had to work tirelessly to bring the beach back up to the high standards necessary to receive the award. The beach is also the home of The 2 Minute Foundation charity, and their charity shop, and was where the first #2minutebeachclean took place when the charity started. Crooklets will also be the home of the charity’s headquarters later this year.
Mark Hibbard from Bude Area Tourist Board commented: “Although we’re seasoned award winners here in Bude, the awards for our beaches are the ones we particularly favour and are most proud of. It’s a brilliant reminder that our local community work tirelessly to ensure Bude’s beaches are amongst the best in the world.”
“We’re renowned as being a primary Cornish holiday destination, but Bude is also a hotbed of community partnerships where the health of the town’s beaches is seen as being for the greater good of the entire community.”
“With the harbour, miles of golden sand, RNLI patrols, rockpools, cute little beach huts, brilliant beach cafes, an outdoor swimming pool, large car parks and their proximity to the town, it’s easy to see why visitors love to spend so much time at our beaches.”
Jolyon Sharpe from Cornwall Council commented, “This has been a collaborative success and only possible thanks to the efforts of community champions, beach cleaners and the RNLI on the ground, Cornwall Council completing the applications and the generous sponsorship from both Sharps Brewery and Visit Cornwall to Cornwall’s Beach Award Programme.”
The awards will help to generate more tourism in the area this summer, allowing local businesses and the economy to thrive.
The 2 Minute Foundation would like to ask that visitors appreciate the beauty of the beach and take every precaution to prevent litter by taking it home with them and doing a #2minutebeachclean with equipment provided.
Meanwhile, the Seaside Award for Widemouth Bay, Crooklets and Summerleaze is presented only to the best beaches in England and celebrate the quality and diversity of our coastline. 16 Cornish beaches have been awarded the Seaside Award, three of which are in Bude.