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RECORD NUMBER OF WELSH BEACH AWARDS

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A record 20 Welsh beaches and seven marinas have received either the European Blue Flag or the newly launched Green...
A record 20 Welsh beaches and seven marinas have received either the European Blue Flag or the newly launched Green Coast Award, announced by the Keep Wales Tidy Campaign.

Beaches and marinas from all over the United Kingdom including 12 Welsh beaches and seven Welsh marinas will proudly fly their Blue Flags this summer while eight Welsh rural beaches of the highest environmental quality have received the first Green Coast Awards from Welsh Office minister Jon Owen Jones.

The list of awards include first time Blue Flags at Amroth in Pembrokeshire, NewQuay (Traeth yr Harbwr) in Ceredigion and Porth Dafarch in Anglesey together with five new Blue Flag Marinas at Port Dinorwic and Victoria Dock, Caernarvon in Gwynedd; Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan; Neyland in Pembrokeshire and Conwy.

Bob Gilchrist, director of Keep Wales Tidy Campaign said: 'I am particularly pleased at the successful piloting in Wales of the new Green Coast Award for rural beaches of the highest environmental quality which for the first time incorporates an environmental management plan thus ensuring that conflicts between sensitive natural environments and tourism are properly addressed and managed'. The Green Coast pilots in Wales have generated a great deal of interest throughout the UK and Ireland with support coming from conservation bodies, local authorities and water companies. Surfers Against Sewage have been particularly enthusiastic in their support.

The driving force in achieving this success in Wales has been the combined efforts of the unique 47 strong Green Sea partnership coupled with the steady progress made in improved bathing water quality resulting in 46 Welsh beaches attaining the stringent Guideline Water Quality which is a requirement for both Blue Flag and Green Coast beaches.

Welsh Blue Flag Beaches:

Rest Bay, Porthcawl Bridgend

Port Eynon,Swansea

Amroth, Pembrokeshire

Saundersfoot'

Lydstep'

Tenby North,'

Newgale'

Whitesands St Davids'

New Quay (Traeth yr Harbwr)Ceredigion

Newborough,LlanddwynAnglesey

Porth Dafarch '

Treaddur Bay '

Welsh Blue Flag Marinas

PenarthVale of Glamorgan

SwanseaSwansea

Neyland,Pembrokeshire

Pwllheli,Gwynedd

Port Dinorwic '

Victoria Dock, '

Conwy Conwy

Green Coast Beaches

RhossiliSwansea

BarafundlePembrokeshire

Manorbier '

Marloes '

Caerfai '

Cemlyn BayAnglesey

Church Bay, Porth Swtan '

Porth Nobla, Llanfaelog '

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