Wicklow has received five awards in this year’s Blue flag and Green Coast awards.
Brittas Bay North and South Beaches along with Greystones and South Beach Promenade have retained their Blue flags status, recognising the high quality of bathing water at all four beaches, while Arklow South beach has retained it’s Green Coast award for 2018.
A record number of Blue Flags were awarded to beaches around Ireland today at the International Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards at The Martello Hotel in Bray.
90 Blue Flags were awarded, while 59 beaches received the Green Coast Award.
Speaking at the ceremony, An Taisce coastal awards manager Ian Diamond said: “The Blue Flag is an award of excellence, the beaches and marinas that have achieved this accolade today have complied with strict criteria relating to water quality; safety, facilities for visitors, beach management, environmental education and the provision of information. It is privilege to be awarding a record number of sites with blue flags this year”.
The Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised eco-labels, and is awarded to bathing spots which meet strict criteria around water quality, provision of information, facilities and safety.
49 countries operate the programme around the globe, which is administered in Ireland by An Taisce.
The Green Coast awards focus on community involvement and encourage local authorities to work together with local communities in the management of sites.