Bude Beach Awards 2016
Bude Beach Awards: Bude’s beach guardians clean up with beach awards.
The beaches of Bude have always been fantastic. Now, thanks to the work of local environmental groups with the support of the wider community, they really have something to shout about – internationally recognised standards and awards.
Widemouth Bay has just been awarded a prestigious Blue Flag, while Crooklets and Summerleaze beaches have both won impressive Seaside Awards for their water quality, facilities and management. This means that any visitor to the area will be guaranteed a top quality beach experience in 2016 – wherever they decide to lay their towel.
However, what is remarkable about the awards is that the applications have been made by local environmental groups with financial support from the wider community. This is unique and proves that Bude is 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.
Widemouth Bay’s Blue Flag – an international quality mark for beaches demonstrating the highest quality of water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management – was applied for by the Widemouth Task Force, an 800 strong group that dedicates itself to keeping Bude’s beaches clear of marine litter. Ado Shorland raised the money for the application by approaching local businesses.
He says of the award “Widemouth successfully receiving The European Blue Flag award and The Seaside Award is a huge pat on the back to all our members, local residents and individuals who help keep Widemouth Bay up to scratch and somewhere we can be proud of. It also puts Widemouth Bay on the map.”
Similarly the Seaside Awards for Crooklets and Summerleaze beaches were paid for by contributions from local businesses and individuals.
Ian Saltern, Project Manager for Bude Cleaner Seas worked with Cornwall Council to secure the award – and funding – for Summerleaze. It is the first time the beach has gained an accolade like this. He said, “I’m really grateful to all those who contributed towards achieving this award for Summerleaze – not just those who donated money, but also the farmers, businesses, schools, local groups and community minded people who have done their bit to ensure that Bude’s bathing water and beaches have reached such a high standard. I’m very proud of the effort everyone has made.”
The Crooklets award was organised by Deb Rosser of local Keep Britain Tidy beach cleaning group, CR*P, Nicola Hammond from Shoreline Extreme Sports and Martin Dorey from the #2minutebeachclean project.
Deb said “Just to say thank you to Crooklets businesses and everyone who supported us. I’m delighted we have the Seaside Award. It’s a great team effort and proof Bude has fantastic beaches, a seriously amazing beach community and so much to offer! Come and visit soon!”