Nine Aberdeenshire beaches have been given the coveted Seaside Award by the country’s leading charity for the environment, Keep Scotland Beautiful. The award, given annually, recognises high standards of cleanliness, safety, and water quality.
Proudly flying the Rural Seaside Award Flag in Aberdeenshire this year will be Balmedie (has consistently flown the flag since 2006), Collieston (since 2004), Cruden Bay (since 2010), Fraserburgh (since 2008), Fraserburgh Waters of Philorth (since 2008), Inverboyndie (since 2007), Peterhead Lido (since 2008), Stonehaven (since 2007), and Sandend (since 2010).
The award comes in the same month that local residents had organised a beach clean to clear the Fraserburgh Beach of reckless beach goers waste.
Grampian Police are also investigating a series of deliberate fires that were lit at the beach last week.
Derek Robertson, Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Chief Executive, said: “With an increasing number of people choosing to take their holidays at home in Scotland, there has never been a better time to enjoy your local Aberdeenshire beaches. The Seaside Award highlights that these beaches are an important resource to the local economy and that they are your beaches to enjoy.
“There is something for everyone amongst this year’s Scottish winners - from large beaches with lifeguarded swimming areas and bustling promenades, to secluded bays which are havens for wildlife, and windswept beaches perfect for wind and kite surfing.”
He added: “I am delighted that Aberdeenshire has achieved nine Seaside Award Flags this year – over the last 12 years the number of Seaside Awards in Scotland has more than quadrupled, there were just 13 in 2000, so I would like to pay tribute to all the hard work that goes in to achieving and keeping these awards by Aberdeenshire Council and the local communities, and I would encourage everyone, particularly in this economic climate, to make use of the fantastic beaches we have around the Scottish coast this summer”.
Fraserburgh and District councillor Brian Topping has called for everyone to pull together in an effort to protect the future of Fraerburgh Beach.
Speaking to the Fraserburgh Herald, he said that he was proud to be living in Fraserburgh, but was disappointed that there are people ruining the hard work local residents are putting in to keep our beach clean.
Following a beach clean with the Buchan Ranger last fortnight, Councillor Topping said that, with the weather changing for the better, the “hard work that has taken place has been undone.”
A map showing all the award winning beaches with descriptions, directions, facilities and pictures can be found at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/coastal, along with an option for people to rate their favourite award beaches.