Keep Britain Tidy has released the list of beaches which have won coveted beach awards.

Among the Seaside Award winners in Cornwall with Portreath are Sennen Cove, Carbis Bay, Crackington Haven, Gyllyngvase, Great Western, Perranporth, Polzeath, Porth, Porthtowan, Porthmeor and Porthminster in St Ives, Trevone Bay, Widemouth Bay, Crooklets and Summerleaze.

Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “This year, more than ever, we are going to be relying on our country’s beautiful beaches to escape for a much-needed break after all the stresses and strains of the past year.

“Last year, due to the pandemic, we did not have the opportunity to celebrate all the great award-winning beaches around the coast so this year we are delighted to have even more winners than we did in 2019, thanks to the incredible work of the teams around the country that make our beaches clean and safe for us all to enjoy.

“From environmental education for the community and ensuring responsible beach use, to cleaning regimes and an increasing number of recycling facilities, it is a full-time commitment to create beaches worthy of these awards.

“As we all plan our 2021 holidays much closer to home, thanks to the Seaside Award those choosing to holiday in South West near one of its award-winning beaches can be assured it will be clean and safe and meet the highest standards for water quality and management.”

The international UK Seaside Award is a quality mark for our beaches and mean those visiting them can be sure that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standards.

Back in October 2019 one of the first meetings of the Portreath Business Group took place talking about a mixture of topics that affected the local community and businesses within the village.

One of the ideas to help celebrate Portreath was to apply for a beach award as everyone recognised what a special beach and harbour Portreath is, this Cornish gem attracts holiday makers and locals and has produced some stunning turquoise sea photos over the years.

Matt Way Resort Direct at the award wining Gwel an Mor Resort said “the pandemic last year delayed the awards but not our resolve to show off this special location and to recognise the hard work of the local community who have looked after and cherished Portreath’s beautiful beach”

“This year is going to be another bumper year for Cornwall and we have a responsibility to ensure holiday makers and local visitors enjoy what’s on offer whilst at the same time respecting the local environment”.

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