City of Barrie Marina awarded prestigious Blue Flag certification

17 May, 2018, 09:37 | Author: Wade Massey
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More than 4,000 beaches and marinas in 45 countries fly the blue flag.

The other beaches to win awards are: Tankerton in Canterbury, Marina St Leonards in Hastings, and Sheerness Beach, Minster Leas and Leysdown Beach in Swale, Kent.

Research from Keep Britain Tidy has revealed cleanliness of the beach is the number one cause for concern for families visiting beached in England- with 40% worrying about unclean water, 38% put off by litter and two in five (42%) saying they're put off by dog mess.

"Achieving the Blue Flag status isn't easy and a lot of work goes into keeping our beaches in the best possible condition".

Seaton Carew is one of eight beaches in the region have also received the Seaside Award, with Sandhaven Beach in South Shields, Roker and Seaburn beaches in Sunderland, and Tynemouth Longsands, King Edwards Bay, Whitley Bay, and Cullercoats, all North Tyneside, also achieving the accolade. The views from Weymouth Beach and the bay are spectacular, stretching across the horizon and taking in the Jurassic Coastline.

One in four children has never swum in the sea in Britain and nearly one in five have never set foot on a British beach, research has revealed.

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This year's announcement is particularly special as it marks the 30th anniversary of Blue Flag in Wales.

Keep Britain Tidy's Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: "Blue Flag leads the fight back for the Blue Planet".

A privately owned beach at Ingoldmells has also been awarded Blue Flag status.

This more beaches and marinas than ever before have been awarded the flag in Canada.

This year, Great Western in Newquay has been awarded a Blue Flag for the first time and the South West held on to its crown as Britain's beach capital, having been awarded 26 Blue Flags and 50 Seaside Awards. "Hopefully next year we'll see an even greater number joining us as we drive up standards across the board".

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