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BEST BEACHES IN WALES ANNOUNCED

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More than 40 of Wales' beaches have been officially recognised for the highest bathing quality and best preserved n...
More than 40 of Wales' beaches have been officially recognised for the highest bathing quality and best preserved natural environment.

Welsh Assembly minister for social justice and regeneration, Edwina Hart, announced the names of the 41 beaches receiving Keep Wales Tidy's Green Coast Awards.

The awards are part of Tidy Wales Week, organised by Keep Wales Tidy, which aims to encourage people all over Wales to clean-up beauty spots and tackle litter problems.

Mrs Hart said: 'I congratulate everyone who has been involved in cleaning-up and protecting all 41 beaches across Wales that are receiving Green Coast Awards.

'It is a particular pleasure to announce these awards in Gower where we have beaches like Limeslade which are not only beautiful but also clean - thanks to the many volunteers who help to keep the beach tidy.

Mrs Hart added: 'These awards reflect the achievement of local people, schools and organisations who have demonstrated that they are working together for their environment.

'Keep Wales Tidy has been extremely successful in developing community-based projects to clear litter and clean up public areas and beaches..

'I would also like to commend the work of community service and young offenders who have also helped clean up beaches in Wales. This work is invaluable to beach management and also provides an educational and rewarding experience for those taking part.'

Notes

The award winning beaches are:

Conwy (1)

Bae Penrhyn/Penrhyn Bay.

Ynys Mon/Anglesey (11)

Dewi Sant, Traeth Coch/St. David's, Red Wharf Bay; Moelfre; Cemlyn; Porth Swtan/Church Bay, Rhydwyn; Borth Wen, Rhoscolyn; Traeth Llydan/Silver Bay, Rhoscolyn; Traeth Llydan/Broad Beach, Rhosneigr; Porth Tyn Tywyn, Llanfaelog; Porth Nobla, Llanfaelog; Porth Trecastell/Cable Bay, Llanfaelog; Traeth Mawr, Aberffraw.

Gwynedd (5)

Porth Neigwl/Hell's Mouth; Machroes; Harlech; Llandanwg; Bennar, Llanenddwyn

Ceredigion (5)

Clarach; Llanrhystud; Aberaeron South; Cwmtydu; Llangrannog.

Sir Penfro/Pembrokeshire (13)

Cwm-yr-Eglwys; Aber Eiddi/Abereiddy; Caerfai; Nolton Haven; St Brides Haven; Martin's Haven; Marloes; West Dale; West Angle; Aber Llydan De/Broadhaven South; Bae Barafundle/Barafundle; Meanobyr/Manorbier; Coppet Hall

Abertawe/Swansea (5)

Rhossili; Mewslade; Tor Bay; Pwll Du; Limeslade

Bro Morgannwg/Vale of Glamorgan (1)

Bae Fontygary/Fontygary Bay

- Welsh European Funding Office gave£743,733 funding for a 'Clean Coasts' project. Clean Coasts, which is organised by Keep Wales Tidy, helped many beaches achieve the Green Coast standard.

- Tidy Wales Week 2005 is sponsored by Barclays and the Wales Tourist Board.

- Keep Wales Tidy is a registered Environmental Charity working for the improvement of Wales' local environments, www.keepwalestidy.org

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