Fifteen Cornwall beaches have been awarded Blue Flag or Seaside Award status ahead of the main summer season, including three locally.

Porthminster Beach
Porthminster Beach, St Ives

Seaside Awards are presented to the best beaches in England and celebrate the quality and diversity of the coastline. The Blue Flag is only presented to beaches with water that has achieved the highest classification, as set by the EU Bathing Water Directive, and which have an environmental education programme.

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, which is owned by Cornwall Council, has been awarded both Blue Flag and Seaside Award status. This has been matched by Carbis Bay Beach, which is privately owned. Porthminster Beach has received Seaside Award status.

“Cornwall has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and I’m delighted that we have received these much-deserved accolades,” said Martyn Alvey, portfolio holder for climate change and environment at Cornwall Council.

“We are grateful to our tenants, our partners Biffa and Cormac, as well as the volunteers and beach clean groups for all their hard work and dedication in ensuring our coastline is kept clean. I’d also like to thank the RNLI, who do such a fantastic job in keeping our beaches safe.”