Blue Flag Award for Great Western Beach

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If you haven’t already heard the news, then let us be the ones to tell you, Great Western beach is now a Blue Flag beach! 

You might be asking yourself, what a Blue Flag means and why they get awarded? 

Well, let us give you a little bit of information on Blue Flag awards. 

The Blue Flag beach award is widely considered the gold standard for beaches. Awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education, the Blue Flag is internationally recognised. For the coastal environment, water quality, safety and access for all: the Blue Flag represents a severe and profound commitment to both people and the environment.

Last month our very own Great Western beach got received this prestigious award, and we couldn’t be happier. It’s been a long time in the making and what makes this even more exciting for Newquay is the fact that the beach is still dog-friendly. Most beaches, when awarded the Blue Flag status, have to ban dogs on the beaches. However, Great Western beach has created dog-friendly zones which the public can enjoy. 

Beach manager and surf school owner Adam has this to say:

”It’s massively important for us, a big part of our business is being dog-friendly, we are one of the few beaches in Newquay which is dog-friendly."
"We didn't want to just all of a sudden exclude all of our loyal customers and dog walkers who come down on a daily basis."

Great Western beach is, in fact, the first beach in the country to have both Blue Flag and dog-friendly status. 

We are sure you’ve guessed we are over the moon at the award and excited to be a part of keeping Britain's beaches clean and tidy.

Fred Turville