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Applications open for Scotland’s Beach Awards

Do you love your local beach? Is it worthy of an award? We’re inviting coastal community groups and beach managers to apply for an award as clean well managed green and blue spaces become even more important to us all.

Scotland’s Beach Awards celebrates the hard work of staff and volunteers around Scotland’s coast by assessing a range of criteria including; access, safety, cleanliness and community involvement and is open to all beach types, including those not designated as a bathing water.

The award provides a national framework for best practice in environmental management and applicants receive detailed reports with guidance on how improve their beaches for visitors and locals to enjoy. By supporting staff and volunteers to continually improve our beaches through the award framework we aim to celebrate excellent beach management and inspire everyone to take care of the environment.

Our Beaches & Parks Officer, Jamie Ormiston said, “Scotland’s Beach Awards provide a chance for local communities and local authorities to promote their treasured space on a national scale, highlighting responsible tourism and boosting their local economies. In the Year of Coasts & Waters 2021 we want everyone to fully understand the value of these places and to act responsibly for the benefit of people and the environment.

"The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the important role outdoor spaces have in providing people with somewhere to exercise and clear their head. Scotland’s Beach Awards provide a great framework to support communities and beach managers giving them the opportunity to be recognised for the good work they are doing."

It has been almost 30 years since we began awarding Scottish beaches, and last year 52 received the accolade. Applications can be made by local authorities, community groups or other agencies and an award brings with it a wealth of benefits, including the official accreditation, promotional materials and dedicated support from our team. To enter, please visit our Scotland’s Beach Awards webpages.  

01 February 2021

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