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15 May 2019, 10:39
More than 70 beaches around England's coasts, including 10 in Kent, have received awards for being clean, safe and meeting high environmental standards.Keep Britain Tidy has announced the winners of its Blue Flags Awards, with another 137 beaches receiving Seaside Awards. The international Blue Flag and the UK Seaside Awards are quality marks for beaches and mean they are clean, safe and meet high environmental and bathing water quality standards. Blue Flag beaches also have to run a minimum of five educational activities for the local community and visitors to make people aware of the importance of looking after the natural environment. Beaches in Kent being recognised are; Tankerton, Sheerness Beach, Minster Leas, Minnis Bay, West Bay, St Mildreds, Botany Bay, Margate Main Sands, Stone Bay and Westbrook Bay. Keep Britain Tidy's chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: "We're incredibly pleased to have even more winners this year than last, proving the great dedication of the beach staff. "From environmental education for the local 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 the awards. "Thanks to the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards, visitors can be reassured their destination is cared for and they will be able to help maintain the high standards of these awards thanks to their environmental initiatives."