Sandbanks is best beach in the country after being awarded 25th blue flag in a row

FLAG DAY: Clive Smith and Cllr Judy Butt celebrate. Picture: Sally Adams.

FLAG DAY: Clive Smith and Cllr Judy Butt celebrate. Picture: Sally Adams.

First published in Beach News by

IT’S official – Sandbanks is the best beach in the country!

The golden stretch is the first in the UK to be awarded Blue Flag Status 25 years in a row – and yesterday the prestigious flag was raised once again.

Since 1987 Sandbanks, which welcomed more than 141,700 visitors last year, has always received the sought-after beach award which recognises high standards of cleanliness, water quality, safety, environmental management and facilities. It will be presented with a plaque to mark the occasion. View our best pictures of Sandbanks beach

Karen Birch, 52, from Creekmoor, who was visiting the beach as the flag was raised with 17-month-old granddaughter Macie Cailes, wasn’t surprised to hear Sandbanks had come out on top.

She said: “We come here winter or summer. It’s always nice and clean, there are toilets, the cafe – everything on hand. I would agree it’s the best beach in the country having been to some other ones.”

Tracey Moore, beaches team leader for Borough of Poole, said: “We have great pride in the beach. It’s fantastic news.”

Cllr Judy Butt, cabinet portfolio holder for public engagement and participation at the council called it a “tremendous honour.

“When people come to the beach they expect and get a very high standard. What makes it so special is it’s accessible to absolutely everybody – adults, children, and disabled people.”

“Everyone in Poole is proud of our beaches, especially Sandbanks Beach.”

Clive Smith, head of leisure services, Borough of Poole said: “These awards continue to put Poole on the map as a quality visitor destination, and I would like to thank all of our staff and partners for their hard work and dedication to ensure that our outstanding beaching remain world class.”

• Poole beaches at Canford Cliffs, Shore Road and Branksome Chine, and Bournemouth beaches at Alum Chine, Durley Chine, Fisherman’s Walk and Southbourne also secured Blue Flag honour.

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9:58am Tue 15 May 12

dylan0202 says...

" accessible " mmm not as word i d use in the height of summer !! personnally prefer between flaghead and alum chine ..
" accessible " mmm not as word i d use in the height of summer !! personnally prefer between flaghead and alum chine .. dylan0202
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10:55am Tue 15 May 12

Jurasicle says...

Take the water samples in March after the winter, not in the Summer when the emergency sewage outfall at Branksome Chine is pumping the untreated tourist poo.
That weird slimey substance in the water is dissolved bogroll.
Take the water samples in March after the winter, not in the Summer when the emergency sewage outfall at Branksome Chine is pumping the untreated tourist poo. That weird slimey substance in the water is dissolved bogroll. Jurasicle
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11:03am Tue 15 May 12

steveatbournemouth says...

Well done BoP. Staff should be congratulated for this 25th award.
Well done BoP. Staff should be congratulated for this 25th award. steveatbournemouth
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11:59am Tue 15 May 12

portia6 says...

The bus service to Sandbanks
could be better but I agree
its the best beach as well as
Shell Bay and Studland!
The bus service to Sandbanks could be better but I agree its the best beach as well as Shell Bay and Studland! portia6
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12:44pm Tue 15 May 12

penhale says...

In the papers this morning Thanet in Kent has the most blue flags in the country, they also say that 30%of these beaches may not reach tougher water quality standards next year, so it's a bit early for self congratulation.
In the papers this morning Thanet in Kent has the most blue flags in the country, they also say that 30%of these beaches may not reach tougher water quality standards next year, so it's a bit early for self congratulation. penhale
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1:14pm Tue 15 May 12

Pablo23 says...

Thanet has 9 beaches with blue flags, but none have had as many successive (is that a word?) blue flags as Sandbanks.
Thanet has 9 beaches with blue flags, but none have had as many successive (is that a word?) blue flags as Sandbanks. Pablo23
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3:41pm Tue 15 May 12

saynomore says...

Glad that our beaches are proved to be so good,By the way Why does that stupid Butt woman always have sunglasses stapled to her head??
Glad that our beaches are proved to be so good,By the way Why does that stupid Butt woman always have sunglasses stapled to her head?? saynomore
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