We were delighted to read in the latest issue of The Poundstock Packet that Widemouth Bay has not only received the prestigious European Blue Flag award, but also the Seaside Award for 2015.
The Blue Flag award not only demands cleanliness from a beach, but high standards of service for visitors (including adequate and well-maintained facilities, relevant information and high safety standards) and demonstration of good practices in relation to the environment and local eco-systems. Cornwall has the highest concentration of Blue Flag beaches, with seven across the county and with Widemouth Bay achieving a special mention in a recent edition of the Telegraph’s Travel section.
The awards have been achieved thanks in no small part to a volunteer group called Widemouth Task Force which was set up via Facebook just four years ago and in that time has grown to include over 960 members. Early morning visitors to the beach will witness the regular litter picks to clean up rubbish which has been left by daytrippers or washed ashore by the sea. Both Widemouth Bay and Black Rock also provide black sacks for the 2 Minute Beach Clean initiative, which encourages visitors to leave nothing but footprints and sandcastles behind.
All this hard work makes Widemouth Bay a clean, safe and attractive environment for our visitors, and we hope we can do our bit to keep the standards high.
More information on the Widemouth Task Force can be found on Facebook, and follow #2MinuteBeachClean.