The Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised voluntary awards for beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators. A series of stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria must be met and maintained to be awarded in order to display one of these iconic flags.
No flags were flown last year in Wales due to the COVID-19 restriction. But this year, we are excited to announce that the prestigious Blue Flags have been awarded at 7 locations around Tenby to recognise our high coastal standards.
The Blue Flag 2021 awarded beaches around Tenby in alphabetical order are:
This year is seen as a real cause for celebration as our beaches continue to maintain a high standard of water quality, cleanliness and environmental practices during these very challenging circumstances.
“We are lucky to have some of the world’s best beaches and marinas on our doorstep,”
She went on further to say “The success is a testament to everyone who has worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches and keep our coast clean and safe. With local services under immense pressure due to COVID-19, we all needed to pull together to look after our natural environment. We hope that visitors returning to our stunning coastline will cherish it more than ever and enjoy our beaches responsibly.”
A further 18 beaches in Wales have gained the Green Coast Award, recognising the ‘hidden gems’ along our coastline. In Pembrokeshire, they are Abereiddy, Freshwater East, Manorbier, Penally, Caerfai, Druidston, West Angle Bay, Newgale, Dale, Whitesands, Poppit Sands and Broad Haven.
Central to the ideals of the Blue Flag programme is the aim of connecting the public with their surroundings and encouraging them to learn more about their environment. As such, environmental education activities must be offered and promoted in addition to a permanent display of information relevant to the site in terms of biodiversity, ecosystems and environmental phenomena.