Bude Beach Awards 2018

Bude Beach Awards 2018

2018:  Another year of awards for Bude’s Beaches

The beaches of Bude have always been fantastic. Thanks to the work of local environmental groups (like A Greener Bude) with the support of the wider community, three of Bude’s beaches have been awarded a mix of the internationally recognised Blue Flag and Seaside Awards.

Widemouth Bay:  Blue Flag and Seaside Award
Summerleaze Beach:  Seaside Award
Crooklets Beach:  Seaside Award

We’re proud to say that Bude is home to one of just seven Blue Flag Beaches and three of 13 Seaside Award Beaches in Cornwall.

The iconic Blue Flags, an international quality mark for beaches, reassure visitors and locals alike that Bude’s beaches are clean, safe and recommended, boosting tourism, business and helping inspire return visits. Blue Flags and Seaside Awards are only awarded to coastal destinations that boast the highest qualities of water, facilities, safety, keep clean programmes, environmental education and management.

Blue Flag Award Criteria (England)

Environmental Education and Information

  • Information about the Blue Flag must be displayed at the beach.
  • Environmental education activities must be offered and promoted to beach users.
  • Information about bathing water quality must be displayed.
  • Information relating to local eco-systems and environmental phenomena must be displayed.
  • A map of the beach indicating different facilities must be displayed.
  • A code of conduct that reflects appropriate laws governing the use of the beach and surrounding areas must be displayed.

Water Quality

  • The beach must fully comply with the water quality sampling and frequency requirements.
  • The beach must fully comply with the standards and requirements for water quality analysis.
  • No industrial, waste-water or sewage-related discharges should affect the beach area.
  • The beach must achieve ‘excellent’ water quality as set out in the Bathing Water Directive.

Environmental Management

  • The local authority / beach operator should establish a beach management committee.
  • The local authority / beach operator must comply with all regulations affecting the location and operation of the beach.
  • The beach must be clean.
  • Algae vegetation or natural debris should be left on the beach (exceptions apply).
  • Bins must be available at the beach and they must be regularly emptied.
  • Facilities for the separation of recyclable waste materials should be available at the beach.
  • Toilet facilities must be provided.
  • The toilet or restroom facilities must be kept clean.
  • The toilet or restroom facilities must have controlled sewage disposal.
  • There should be no unauthorised camping, driving or dumping of waste on the beach.
  • During the bathing season dogs must be excluded from the award area of the beach.
  • All buildings and beach equipment must be properly maintained.
  • Coral reefs in the vicinity of the beach must be monitored.
  • A sustainable means of transportation should be promoted in the beach area.

Safety and Services

  • If appropriate, an adequate number of lifeguards and/or lifesaving equipment must be available at the beach.
  • First aid equipment must be available on the beach.
  • Emergency plans to cope with pollution risks must be in place.
  • There must be management of beach users and events to prevent conflicts and accidents.
  • There must be safety measures in place to protect beach users.
  • A supply of drinking water should be available at the beach.
  • Wheelchair access and accessibility features must be in place for at least one Blue Flag beach in each municipality.

Seaside Award Criteria (England)

Information

  • Information about the Seaside Award must be displayed at the beach.
  • If applicable, information about bathing water quality must be displayed.
  • A map of the beach indicating different facilities must be displayed.
  • A code of conduct, that reflects appropriate laws governing the use of the beach and surrounding areas, should be displayed.

Water Quality

  • The beach must fully comply with the water quality sampling and frequency requirements.
  • The beach must fully comply with the standards and requirements for water quality analysis.
  • No industrial, waste-water or sewage-related discharges should affect the beach area.
  • At designated bathing waters from 2016 the water quality should be graded as ‘sufficient’ as set out in the Bathing Water Directive. (In 2015, bathing beaches should of mandatory standard.)
  • At non bathing beaches, there should be no promotion of water based activities such as swimming, surfing, etc

Environmental Management

  • The local authority / beach operator should establish a beach management committee.
  • The local authority / beach operator must comply with all regulations affecting the location and operation of the beach.
  • The beach must be clean.
  • Algae vegetation or natural debris should be left on the beach (exceptions apply).
  • Bins must be available at the beach and they must be regularly emptied.
  • Facilities for the separation of recyclable waste materials should be available at the beach.
  • If appropriate, toilet facilities should be provided.
  • If provided, the toilet facilities must be kept clean and have controlled sewage disposal.
  • There should be no unauthorised camping, driving or dumping of waste on the beach.
  • At resort style beaches dogs must be excluded from the award area of the beach during the bathing season.
  • If a dog ban is not in force during the bathing season, a clear dog control policy must be in place before an award can be made.
  • All buildings and beach equipment must be properly maintained.

Safety and Services

  • If appropriate, an adequate number of lifeguards and / or lifesaving equipment must be available at the beach.
  • If appropriate first aid equipment must be available on the beach.
  • Emergency plans to cope with pollution risks must be in place.
  • The beach should be subject to an up-to-date risk assessment and any recommendations should be acted upon.

FLYING HIGH AS CORNWALL GAINS THE MOST BLUE FLAGS AGAIN

SHARP’S BREWERY BEER SALES HELP 13 CORNISH BEACHES SCOOP UP 20 ICONIC BEACH AWARDS

Beach champions across Cornwall are celebrating brilliant news today as 13 prepare to hoist either, or both, a world-renowned Blue Flag or Seaside Award motif into the sky above their area.  For the fourth year running, Rock-based Sharp’s Brewery has helped ensure that Cornish beaches are the best in the world, continually stepping up to ensure the county has more iconic Blue Flags and Seaside Awards, flying over the coastline, than any other part of the UK.

Sharp’s sponsorship provides the funding for Cornwall Council to make the applications and work with the communities who deliver environmental initiatives, all of which make this fantastic achievement possible.

In Newquay there is extra reason to celebrate as Great Western Beach has been awarded the world-renowned Blue Flag in a first for the popular destination.  The beach champions here have also created the country’s only beach system that allows them to welcome dogs to a certain area of the beach, whilst ensuring the new Blue Flag area is dog free to comply with the required global standards.

Surrounded by rugged wild beauty at its home in North Cornwall, multi award-winning Sharp’s Brewery is continually giving back to the coast that inspires its creativity, providing vital funding for the 2018 Blue Flag and Seaside Award applications, in Cornwall and beyond. Over £32,000 towards the costs of these applications, and other vital Blue Flag related projects, has been provided over four years as well as other related programmes such as BeachCare’s Beach Battalion squad.

The iconic Blue Flags, an international quality mark for beaches, reassure visitors and locals alike that Cornwall’s key areas are clean, safe and recommended, boosting tourism, business and helping inspire return visits. Blue Flags and Seaside Awards are only awarded to coastal destinations that boast the highest qualities of water, facilities, safety, keep clean programmes, environmental education and management.

Keep Britain Tidy, the organisation responsible for the awards in the UK, today (17th May 2018) announced that 13 beaches in Cornwall have been awarded either one, or both of the status marks.  These include 13 Seaside Awards and seven Blue Flags, making Cornwall a great destination for beach goers and ocean adventurers to visit all year round. Some beaches have received both Blue Flag and Seaside Awards to achieve this number.

Thanks to all the hard work of the local beach champions, Cornwall Council and the funding from Sharp’s Brewery, the iconic Blue Flags, and Seaside Award flags, will fly over Gyllyngvase in Falmouth, Porthmeor in St Ives, Polzeath, Porthtowan, Widemouth Bay, Trevone Bay and now Great Western in Newquay. Porth in Newquay, Summerleaze and Crooklets in Bude, Perranporth, Porthminster in St Ives, Sennen Cove and the Blue Flag winners have been awarded Seaside Awards again this year.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, Sue James, welcomed the Cornish Blue Flag and Seaside Awards saying:

“Our success in being awarded so many Blue Flag and Seaside Awards confirm what we who live here already know – that Cornish beaches are among the best in the world.”

“I want to thank all those people in communities across Cornwall, who have given their time and dedication to looking after our beautiful beaches. They should all be rightly proud of these awards.  Local bathing champions and beach “guardians” who raise awareness about marine litter and those who organise beach cleans all play a really valuable role in helping us to protect and maintain Cornwall’s reputation as a great place to live and a wonderful place to visit.  I also want to thank Sharp’s Brewery who once again played a key role in sponsoring the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards applications.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said:

“It is fantastic news for Cornwall’s holiday-makers, overseas visitors, residents and businesses that we have been able to award an amazing 20 flags to the county’s beaches this year. The support from Sharp’s Brewery is invaluable in supporting both Cornwall’s beaches and volunteers, and the Blue Flag more widely – which improves the quality of England’s coastline and promotes our best beaches.”

“The success of Cornwall’s beaches in reaching the very high standards of both awards are a real 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.”

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 our hard working beach champions and local volunteers, as well as Cornwall Council, and BeachCare (part of Keep Britain Tidy) over the last four years with our support now totalling in excess of £32,000.”

“The team at Sharp’s fully appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into gaining, and keeping, so many iconic Cornish Blue Flag and Seaside Awards. Thanks and congratulations to all of these 13 beaches and to all involved behind the scenes, from us all at Sharp’s Brewery.”

Sharp’s Brewery has also been supporting a brand new initiative in collaboration with Universal Record’s Mercury KX label through sales of its Atlantic Pale Ale. Empowering the ocean to fund its own survival through the creation of ‘Keynvor (meaning ‘ocean’ in Cornish), a recording artist. Keynvor’s debut single ‘Preservation’ is a collaboration with upcoming artist Sebastian Plano. Every stream of Keynvor raises money to protect the Atlantic coastline, with royalties going to Cornwall based charity, Surfers Against Sewage.

ENDS

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