Two of Penwith’s beaches have again been awarded Blue Flag status by Keep Britain Tidy, it has been announced.
Porthmeor in St Ives and Carbis Bay are again among the best beaches in England.
The two beaches also won Seaside Awards, along with Porthminster in St Ives and Sennen Cove.
County-wide, a total of seven beaches now display the Blue Flag, while 22 have Seaside Awards.
One of last year’s Blue Flag awardees, Polzeath, in north Cornwall, lost its Blue Flag status but achieved a Seaside Award.
All the beaches awarded are managed by Cornwall Council, except Carbis Bay, which is owned by the Carbis Bay Hotel.
The iconic Blue Flag, an international quality mark for beaches, reassures visitors and residents that Cornwall’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.
Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection Sue James said: “We are thrilled to once again have so many Cornish beaches represented amongst the world’s best. The 22 Blue Flag and Seaside awards are an important symbol of what we who live here already know – that Cornish beaches are in fact world-class.
“I want to thank everyone across the Cornish community who selflessly and tirelessly dedicate their time to looking after our beautiful beaches. Our local staff and many volunteers who raise awareness about harmful marine litter and organise beach cleans 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. They should all be rightly proud of these awards. I also want to thank Sharp’s Brewery for once again playing a key role in sponsoring the Blue Flag and Seaside applications.”
Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “It is fantastic news for Cornwall’s holidaymakers, overseas visitors, residents and businesses that we have been able to award an amazing 22 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 is 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.”
North Cornwall-based Sharp’s Brewery has provided over £42,000 towards the costs of Blue Flag and Seaside award applications over the last five years.
Senior brand manager at Sharp’s Brewery James Nicholls 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 five years with our support now totalling in excess of £42,000.
“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 15 beaches and to all involved behind the scenes, from us all at Sharp’s Brewery.”