You may be aware of the organisation, Keep Britain Tidy, which has been working to keep Britain clean for more than 60 years now. According to their website they were “inspired to take action because of the increasing ‘throwaway culture’ in the post-war boom of the 1950s”.
Every year the organisation release a list of Britain’s best beaches for cleanliness, called the Blue Flag and Seaside awards and this year’s winners are in… And two of our very own beaches have been awarded blue flags!
The first beach awarded a blue fag locally is Brighton Central. According to Keep Britain Tidy, “the flag is a symbol of quality, which ensures visitors are guaranteed to find a clean, safe, attractive and well-managed coastal stretch”. With the amount of visitors coming and going through the beach, with nappies, picnics and baby wipes alike, that’s pretty impressive.
The second beach to be awarded was Hove Lawns, meaning it satisfied Keep Britain Tidy’s criteria for a great beach. They claim that blue flags “are only awarded to coastal destinations that boast the highest quality of water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management”. From the picture above, you can see why it earned such an award!
Lastly, Saltdean beach earned a seaside award, which was previously known as “the Quality Coast Award” and sets a “nationwide standard for for the best beaches across the UK.”
Unfortunately, Brighton Kemptown lost out again. Well there’s always next year!